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Cardamine bulbifera - (L.)Crantz.

Common Name Coral Root, Coralroot bittercress
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Very local in woods, usually on calcareous soils, in Devon, S.E. England, the Chilterns and Ayr[17]. A characteristic species of base-rich beech woodlands[17].
Range Central Europe from Britain and France to Sweden, east to the Balkans, W. Asia and the Caucasus.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cardamine bulbifera Coral Root, Coralroot bittercress


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Cardamine bulbifera Coral Root, Coralroot bittercress
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cardamine bulbifera is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Dentaria bulbifera

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[K]. A hot cress-like flavour. Bulbils - raw or cooked. They are rather small, about the size ofa lentil, but have a pleasant mild cress-like flavour[K]. Root - raw or cooked[K]. A hot flavour, it is pleasant but rather small[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[200]. The flowers are rarely visited by pollinating insects and seed is rarely set, propagation is carried out by means of bulbils formed on the axils of the upper leaf stems[17, K].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown when ripe, otherwise sow it in the spring. If you have sufficient seed it can be sown in situ, otherwise it is best to sow it in pots in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and pant out in the summer. The bulbils can be collected in early summer and potted up. Keep them in a cold frame over the winter and plant out when in active growth in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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