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Common Name: Cuckoo Flower
Cardamine loxostemonoides 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.
E. Asia - Himalayas from India to China and Tibet.
Open places at elevations of 2900 - 5500 metres in Tibet[
]. Grows among boulders and rock crevices and seems to be more common in the E. Himalayas[
|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 most parts of this country. This species is closely related to C. pratensis, differing by its lax, flexuose habit with a creeping rhizome, short aerial shoots with showy pinkish or lilac flowers. However, forms reaching very close to C. pratensis are not lacking[
]. 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[
Tender young shoots and leaves - cooked as a vegetable[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ.