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Common Name: Bulbous Bittercress
Cardamine bulbosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern N. America - Vermont to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas.
By springs, bottomland woods and meadows[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[
] but succeeds in most soils that are not dry[
Leaves - raw[
]. Added to salads.
The rootstock is grated and used as a condiment[
], it is a horse radish substitute[
]. A hot pungent taste.
Seed - sow outdoors in a seedbed in a shady position in mid spring. Plant out in autumn or spring.
Division in spring. Very easy, 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 summer or following spring.