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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
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.

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

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

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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