Large Toothwort (Dentaria maxima)

Cardamine maxima. (Nutt.)Wood.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Large Toothwort
Dentaria maxima

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is stomachic[257].

  • Edible Use

    Root – raw or cooked[161, 177]. Pungent and acrid when first harvested, it is piled into a heap and then allowed to ferment for several days to sweeten and then boiled[161, 257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 1 – 3 weeks at 15¡c[175]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for the first two years, planting them out when dormant in late summer. Division in early spring or after the plant dies down in the summer. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
An easily grown plant, preferring a rich light moist soil and a shady position[1, 175]. A very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -20¡c[187].
Eastern N. America – Maine to Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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