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Cardamine pentaphyllos 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.
Western and Central Europe.
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera
Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[
] but succeeds in most soils that are not dry[
]. This species was seen growing and thriving in well-drained soil in fairly heavy dappled shade in a woodland garden at Cambridge Botanical Gardens in 1999[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A bitter cabbage-like flavour with a hint of radish when eaten raw, it will probably be somewhat nicer when cooked[
Flowers - raw[
]. A bitter cabbage-like flavour with a hint of radish[
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.