Wavy Bitter-cress - Cardamine flexuosa


Similar to Hairy Bitter-cress but the stems are likely to be hairy, at least in the lower half, and are quite often branched and wavy (flexuous). Flowers are white with 6 stamens (Hairy Bitter-cress has four stamens). The seed pods don't usually extend beyond the flowers, unlike Hairy Bitter-cress.

Similar Species

Hairy Bitter-cress

Photo ID?

Damp and shaded habitats, ditches and areas that are subjected to Winter flooding.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History

Biennial or perennial.

UK Status

Common thoughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 350 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map