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Common Name: Large Bittercress
Cardamine amara is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Most of Europe, including Britain, north to 64° N., east to the Balkans and W. Asia.
By springs, in fens and on streamsides, preferring a peaty soil[
]. Often found in trickling water[
]. Often the dominant ground flora in alder woods with moving damp water[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera
Easily grown in most moist soils[
]. Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[
Plants are hardy to at least -20°c[
An invasive plant spreading freely by self-sowing, it is best suited to the wild garden[
A polymorphic species[
Leaves - raw[
]. A hot cress-like flavour[
], nice in small quantities in a salad and available all year round in most years[
]. A somewhat bitter flavour[
Antiscorbutic, diuretic, stimulant[
Seed - sow outdoors in situ in a shady position in mid spring.