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Dentaria laciniata - (Wood.)Muhl.

Common Name Cut-Leaved Toothwort
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich damp woods and on calcareous rocky banks[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec to Florida and west to Minnesota and Kansas.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Dentaria laciniata Cut-Leaved Toothwort


Elaine Haug @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Dentaria laciniata Cut-Leaved Toothwort
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 187.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Dentaria laciniata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen in June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Cardamine laciniata.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[46, 61, 161]. A pleasant pungent peppery taste, somewhat like watercress[43, 105, 159, 183]. Added to salads or used as a relish. Leaves - raw or cooked. A peppery flavour[159].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, preferring a rich light moist soil and the shade of deciduous trees[1, 187]. A very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -20°c[187].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 weeks at 15°c[175]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for the first two years, planting them out when dormant in late summer. Division in early spring or after the plant dies down in the summer. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Dentaria diphyllaCrinklerootPerennial0.3 3-8  LMFSM420
Dentaria maximaLarge ToothwortPerennial0.3 -  LMSM11 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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