Cardamine hirsuta (Hairy Bittercress)
Despite its daunting name, hairy bittercress makes a welcome wild addition to cool season dishes.
Cardamine hirsuta provides the flavor of cabbage in the middle of winter.
Common Name: Hairy Bittercress
Scientific Name: Cardamine hirsuta
Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Identification: Stems are generally 3-8 inches long, and may be reddish in color closer to the base. Leaves are alternately arranged on the stem, may be lobed, and typically form a basal rosette on the stem’s lower quartile.
Edible Parts: The leaves and flowers are edible both cooked and raw. A member of the mustard family, using Hairy Bittercress as a salad garnish provides a mild peppery flavor. Because the plant germinates freely in Autumn, leaves can be found almost all winter long.
Medicinal Uses: none known
Meaning of Scientific Name:
cardaminae- cress-like plant
hirsuta- rough, shaggy, hairy, bristly
Designing with this Plant
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Habitat: Open and cultivated ground, meadows, fields, rocks, man-made or disturbed habitats.
Forest garden layer: Groundcover/creeper Layer