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botanical name:
Cardamine pratensis
Cardamine pratensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bittercress, Cuckoo flower, Lady's smock
family:  Brassicaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.40m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: lilac
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
description:
Somewhat variable rhizomatous perennial with rosettes of pinnate, grey-green to dark green leaves. Panicles of white, lilac or purple flowers carried on erect stems from April to June.

cultivation:
Moist, humus rich soil in full sun or part shade.

propagation:
By division or from seed. Plantlets may also be produced from the leaves.

usage:
Damp areas, streamsides, woodland and wild gardens.

Food plant of the orange-tip butterfly.

other notes:
Wildflower of damp grasslands, marshes and wet woodlands. Widely ditributed through Europe, including Britain, Northern Asia and North America..
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