Cardamine hirsuta
hairy bittercress

Cardamine hirsuta

Cardamine hirsuta
Cardamine hirsuta
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Cardamine hirsuta L.
Common name: hairy bittercress
Group: dicot
Family: Brassicaceae (mustard)
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 2 - 16"
Foliage: numerous basal leaves, minutely hairy, stem leaves 4-10; leaflets 4-6
Flower: 4 petalled white flower
Flowering time: spring - fall
Habitat: disturbed soil, sandy soil, roadside
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Cardamine hirsuta
Misc. Invasive weed; a member of the mustard family and edible as a bitter herb.

Several US butterflies such as spring azure and falcate orange-tip are attracted to its flowers.