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Cardamine pratensis

Lady's smock

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height0.15m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPurple, rarely white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy grey green

Description

Cardamine pratensis (Lady's smock). An upright perennial herb found in parts of Europe and North America with glossy grey green, kidney-shaped to round, rosette, pinnate leaves. Bears purple pink (rarely white) panicles of disc-shaped flowers. Its common name is 'Cuckoo Flower', because the flowers of this plant begin to open at about the same time as the cuckoo starts to call.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, N.America

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, ponds and bogs.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Boggy
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in moist soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or division in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids may damage leaves.

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