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Common Name: Spring Cress
Cardamine oligosperma is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Western N. America - Alaska to California.
Widespread in wet places[
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, it is closely related to C. hirsuta[
]. 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 or cooked and used as a vegetable[
The plant is carminative and digestive[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ.