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Hairy Bittercress

Cardamine hirsuta


Small plant in the yard. Member of the mustard family edible as a bitter herb. Grows quickly, and larger, in un-mowed areas of the grounds and surrounding woods, see later photos.


From Eat the Weeds:

From Wikipedia:
Native to Europe and Asia, but also present in North America. The plant is a member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), and is edible as a bitter herb. It flowers from quite early in the spring until the autumn. The small white flowers are borne in a corymb on wiry green stems, soon followed by the seeds and often continuing to flower as the first seeds ripen. The seed are borne in siliquae which, as with many Brassica species, will often burst explosively when touched (explosive dehiscence), sending the seeds flying far from the parent plant. Seeds germinate in the Autumn, and the tiny plants are winter annual, that is, green throughout the winter months.

Other common or country names include lamb's cress, land cress, hoary bitter cress, spring cress, flick weed and shot weed (or lambscress, landcress, hoary bittercress, springcress, flickweed, and shotweed).

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Hairy Bittercress
Cardamine hirsuta

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chesterbperry 7 years ago

I have tried it, emphasis on bitter, might make a decent addition to a spring mix in small quantities.

suzmonk 7 years ago

Thanks for the ID, chesterberry ... have you ever tried it?

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Laurel, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Dec 25, 2013
Submitted on Jan 12, 2014

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