Large Bittercress - Cardamine amara Large Bittercress - Cardamine amara
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Herb: Large Bittercress


Latin name: Cardamine amara


Family: Cruciferae



Medicinal use of Large Bittercress:

Antiscorbutic, diuretic, stimulant.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
April
to June

Habitat of the herb:

By springs, in fens and on streamsides, preferring a peaty soil. Often found in trickling water. Often the dominant ground flora in alder woods with moving damp water.

Edible parts of Large Bittercress:

Leaves - raw. A hot cress-like flavour, nice in small quantities in a salad and available all year round in most years. A somewhat bitter flavour.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow outdoors in situ in a shady position in April.

Cultivation of Large Bittercress:

By springs, in fens and on streamsides, preferring a peaty soil. Often found in trickling water. Often the dominant ground flora in alder woods with moving damp water.

Known hazards of Cardamine amara:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.