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Common Name: Hairy Bittercress
Cardamine hirsuta is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
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.