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Cardamine pratensis

Cuckoo flower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, Lavender





Skill level


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Plant details

A charming, well-behaved and informal wildflower. The single lilac-pink flowers are softly coloured and dainty, clustered at the top of compact plants 20cm (8in) tall when the flower stems reach full height. Delightful grown in moist to damp areas along with other early moisture-loving wildflowers such as oxlips, small species daffodils or primroses (including coloured cultivated kinds), Primula rosea and pulmonaria. This creates a very attractive naturalistic spring display. It will also naturalise well in areas of longer grass.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Cardamine

Species: pratensis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink, Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: April to June

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