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

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Most open flowers with 6 stamens

    Recording advice

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


    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.

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

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