Cardamine Oligosperma Nutt.
Small perennial herb which grows to 1 foot tall. Has 5 to 11 oval or
stalked divisions, with leaves at ground level. The main stalk is tipped by tiny
white, 4-petaled flowers, forming elongated clusters. Flowers from April through
July. The seed pods are long thin, often purplish. It grows in damp,
wet places along streams and marshy areas. Bittercress is found in
It was used by the Indians to treat fevers, colds, chest pains, stomach upsets, sore throats, and headaches.
Bittercress has a peppery flavor and can be used a flavoring for sauces and sandwiches. The washed leaves which are high in vitamin C are used in salads. It is also used in soups, stews, and casseroles.
Return to main plant page