|Common Name 2||Lambs Cress|
|Common Name 3||Land Cress|
|Common Name 4||Spring Cress|
|Common Name 5||Hoary Bittercress|
|Common Name 6||Shot Weed|
|Common Name 7||Flick Weed|
|Latin Name||Cardamine hirsuta|
|Season Start||All year|
|Season End||All year|
|Habitat||Occurs on bare soil, light grass, cracks in paths and growing on walls. It is a very common plant. It will grow just about anywhere as it does not need much light.
|Leaves||Small, green and rounded growing in opposite pairs along the leaf stem with one single finishing leaf at the end.|
|Flowers||Tiny, delicate white flowers growing in small groups at the top of a vertical stem.|
|Stem||This plant grows in a rosette, low to the ground with flowering stems that will grow taller from the centre up to around a foot tall, possibly more.
|Roots||Fine net of roots, off white to cream.|
|Taste||This plant tastes like peppery cress crossed with rocket and is one of our favourite edibles. Great for salads, soups, salsa, pestos and anything else you might ever use cress for.
|Collecting||The leaves are the only parts we collect, they are quite small but usually grow in groups so a few leaf stems from each plant in an area will usually suffice for a meal.
Uprooting plants is not allowed on common land in the UK but if you have permission to, this plant will do very well in a bowl of water on your window sill for quite a while while you take a few leaves a day for your sandwiches :).
|Possible Confusion||There are similar plants, but nothing dangerous, so the way to find out if you have Hairy Bitter Cress is to have a taste..|
This lovely little plant is available all year in the UK.
It has a 12 week lifecycle so if left undisturbed a patch can grow quite substancially in a year. This species grows to no more than 30 centimetres tall. The stems are hairless and the leaves do not clasp the stems, as in Cardamine flexuosa.
The thin seedpods are about 3 centimetres long, and explode when ripe flinging the seeds to new ground.
This plant is a member of the mustard family Brassicaceae.