Herb: Bulbous Bittercress

Latin name: Cardamine bulbosa

Family: Cruciferae

Edible parts of Bulbous Bittercress:

Leaves - raw. Added to salads. The rootstock is grated and used as a condiment, it is a horse radish substitute. A hot pungent taste.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

April to

Habitat of the herb:

By springs, bottomland woods and meadows.

Propagation of Bulbous Bittercress:

Seed - sow outdoors in a seedbed in a shady position in April. Plant out in autumn or spring. Division in spring. Very easy, 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 summer or following spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

By springs, bottomland woods and meadows.

Medicinal use of Bulbous Bittercress:

None known

Known hazards of Cardamine bulbosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.