Cuckooflower - Cardamine pratensis

Alternative names
Lady's Smock and as Cuckoo Flower

Medium height, hairless plant with erect stems. Basal leaves in a rosette, pinnate with a large end leaflet. Upper leaves with numerous narrow leaflets. Flowers pale lilac, rarely white 12 to 18 mm notched petals and yellow anthers.

Identification difficulty

Damp pasture, marshes, stream and pond margins.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 463 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally frequent

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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