Large Bitter-cress - Cardamine amara


    Hairless plant about 40 or 50 cm in height with angular stems. Flowers are white, occasionally purplish 11 to 12 mm. Anthers, blackish violet, amethyst or pinkish violet.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Larger flowers than other white bitter-cresses; with anthers blackish-violet, amethyst or pinkish violet

    Recording advice

    General photo of plant in habitat, plus details of the flowers.  As this is becoming scarce, a photo is needed for verification


    Damp habitats, river and canal banks, marshes.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Found fairly frequently in Britain in suitable locations, especially in northern England and southern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in suitable habitats in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 65 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, occasional but nearly scarce

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