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Cardamine glacialis 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.
Southern S. America - Chile, Argentina.
Moist places in most communities, from sea level to 1100 metres[
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 most parts of this country. A polymorphic species[
]. 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[
]. A good source of vitamin C[
], the leaves have a pungent 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.