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Common Name: Hairy Bittercress
Cardamine hirsuta is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
Throughout most of the northern Hemisphere, including Britain.
Open and cultivated ground, rocks, scree, walls etc[
Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[
] but it succeeds in most soils and positions[
A common garden weed, it can be in flower all year round if the weather is mild. It will usually self-sow very freely in cultivated soil and is found especially in pot-grown plants[
Leaves and flowers - raw or cooked[
]. A hot cress-like flavour, they are mainly used as a garnish or flavouring in salads etc[
] but are also sometimes used as a potherb[
]. The plant germinates most freely in the autumn and so leaves are usually available all winter[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. This species needs very little encouragement and is quite capable of sowing itself, often too freely.