Herb latin name: Cardamine trifolia

Family: Cruciferae

Edible parts of Cardamine trifolia:

We have no information on this species but the leaves are almost certainly edible either raw or cooked.

Description of the plant:


15 cm
(6 inches)

to June

Habitat of the herb:

Moist shady woods, especially on calcareous substrata.

Other uses of Cardamine trifolia:

An excellent ground cover for woodland or under shrubs. Plants should be spaced about 30cm apart each way.

Propagation of the herb:

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 Cardamine trifolia:

Moist shady woods, especially on calcareous substrata.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Cardamine trifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.