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Common Name: Cut-Leaved Toothwort
Dentaria laciniata is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern N. America - Quebec to Florida and west to Minnesota and Kansas.
Rich damp woods and on calcareous rocky banks[
An easily grown plant, preferring a rich light moist soil and the shade of deciduous trees[
A very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -20°c[
Root - raw or cooked[
]. A pleasant pungent peppery taste, somewhat like watercress[
]. Added to salads or used as a relish.
Leaves - raw or cooked. A peppery flavour[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 weeks at 15°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for the first two years, planting them out when dormant in late summer.
Division in early spring or after the plant dies down in the summer. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.