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Commonly known as Cuckoo flower, Lady's smock

Annuals and perennials in the Brassica family. Includes the annual weed bittercress

Genus of about 150 species of annuals and perennials from cool, shady, damp habitats worldwide but chiefly in the northern hemisphere.

The family includes the invasive garden weed bittercress and the valued native Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock (C. pratensis), a food source for the orange tip butterfly and never included in Mayday garlands as it is another which it was thought unlucky to bring indoors.

C. pratensis is the county flower of Cheshire.


Further Reading....

  • Additional Features - Good to know - - comprises about 150 species
  • Place of origin - throughout northern hemisphere
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CARDAMINE pratensis

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Commonly known as: Cuckoo flower, Lady's smock.
A British native perennial. Pale lilac-pink or white flowers on tall stems. Prefers damp or boggy conditions
individually £11.50 each , 3+ £9.00 each 
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