Herb latin name: Cardamine pentaphyllos


Family: Cruciferae



Edible parts of Cardamine pentaphyllos:

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.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flowering:
April
to May

Habitat of the herb:

Mountainous areas.

Propagation of Cardamine pentaphyllos:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 weeks at 15C. 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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mountainous areas.

Medicinal use of Cardamine pentaphyllos:

None known

Known hazards of Cardamine pentaphyllos:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.