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Cuckoo Flower

Cardamine Pratensis

Description:

Cardamine pratensis (Cuckoo Flower or Lady's Smock), is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia. The specific name pratensis is Latin for "meadow." Cardamine pratensis is a herbaceous, hairless,[1] perennial plant growing to 40-60 cm tall, with pinnate leaves 5-12 cm long with 3-15 leaflets, each leaflet about 1 cm long. The flowers are produced on a spike 10-30 cm long, each flower 1-2 cm diameter with four pale pink (rarely white) petals. The style of the fruit is short or longish.[1]It grows best close to water. It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, and has become naturalised in North America as a result of cultivation. In some European countries, including parts of Germany, the plant is now under threat. It is a food plant for the orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) and makes a valuable addition to any garden which aims at attracting wildlife. It was once used as a substitute for watercress.

Habitat:

Moist grasslands, river or streamsides. Heilongjiang, Nei Mongol, Xinjiang, W Xizang [Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia; Europe, North America].

Notes:

I found the Cuckoo Flower growing in my neighbours ditch. There were lots of them. Most of them were white but I noticed some were light pink. I took pictures of one of the pink flowers because pink is my favorite color. Here is some more information about the Cuckoo Flower that I found on Encyclopedia of Life: It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, and has become naturalised in North America as a result of cultivation. In some European countries, including parts of Germany, the plant is now under threat. It is a food plant for the orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) and makes a valuable addition to any garden which aims at attracting wildlife. It was once used as a substitute for watercress.

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New Maryland, New Brunswick, Canada

Lat: 45.90, Long: -66.69

Spotted on May 28, 2013
Submitted on May 28, 2013

Spotted for mission

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