• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cardamine pratensis

cuckoo flower

cuckoo flower

© � Mike L. Grant 1999

  • Other common names cuckoo flower
    lady's smock

    bread and milk
    cuckoo bread
    cuckoo buds
    cuckoo spit
    lady's flower
    mayflower
    meadow bittercress
    meadow cress
    spinks
    spring cress

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  • Genus 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

  • Family Brassicaceae / Brassicaceae

  • Details C. pratensis is a perennial to 40cm, forming a basal rosette of pinnate leaves with rounded leaflets, with erect leafy stems bearing short open racemes of 4-petalled, pale pink or white flowers 1.5cm across in late spring

  • Plant range Europe

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Suitable for growing in a flower border, rock garden or woodland

Propagation Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Can get aphids and flea beetles

Diseases Generally disease free

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