Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
- Full shade
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Cardamine are herbaceous perennials with simple, palmately or pinnately divided leaves and short racemes of 4-petalled white, yellow, pink or purplish flowers in spring or summer
- Name status
- Plant range
- C & E Europe
How to grow
Grow in full or partial shade in moist soil, rich in organic matter. Spreads freely by small bulbils (immature bulbs) produced in the leaf joints, so site carefully. Remove these before they drop to prevent unwanted seedlings.
Sow bulbils (immature bulbs produced on stems) in a containers in a cold frame in late spring or early summer. Propagate by seed sown in situ or in pots a cold frame in spring, or as soon as ripe. Propagate by division after flowering in late spring or early summer.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
- Ground cover
No pruning required
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