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CARDAMINE pratensis

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
Further Reading....

  • Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red) - lilac pink
  • White
  • Height - 30-45cm (12-18in)
  • Spread - 30cm (12in)
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - variable perennial with short rhizomes. Rosettes of pinnate, grey-green to glossy, dark green leaves to 15cm (6in) long, composed of 2-8 pairs of rounded or kidney-shaped leaflets often producing plantlets
  • Very hardy - Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - suitable for a large, damp wild garden. Food plant of the Orange Tip butterfly. Appears with the cuckoo's arrival
  • Pests & Diseases - flea beetles, aphids
  • Place of origin - Europe, northern Asia, North America
  • Flower Shape - Panicles - - flowers 1-3cm (½-1¼in) across
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - moderately fertile. Humus-rich.
30-45cm (12-18in)
Herbaceous - guide for size not form Hand Trowel
  30cm (12in)

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