Hairy Bitter-cress - Cardamine hirsuta


    About 10 to 20cm in height branched only at the base, with a basal rosette of pinnate leaves, hairy on top. The stems are straight and hairless. The flowers are white 3 to 4 mm with 4 stamens. The pods overtop the flowers.

    Similar Species

    Cardamine flexuosa

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Most open flowers with 4 stamens, sometimes 5

    Recording advice

    General photo of plant in habitat, plus details of the flowers


    Bare open ground, cultivated land, rocky places and even walls.

    When to see it

    February to November.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 269 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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