Cardamine bulbosa (Schreb. ex Muhl.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
Bulbous bittercress, Spring cress
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Synonym(s): Arabis bulbosa, Arabis rhomboidea, Cardamine rhomboidea
USDA Symbol: CABU3
Small white flowers in clusters atop smooth erect stems.
Cuckoo Flower (C. pratensis), with white or pinkish flowers, has pinnately divided leaves. Pennsylvania Bittercress (C. pensylvanica), with very tiny flowers, also has pinnately divided leaves. Mountain Watercress (C. rotundifolia), also white-flowered, has oval leaves with tiny projections on the leafstalks.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON , QC
Native Distribution: Manitoba east to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Along springs and brooks, swamps, and wet clearings.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cardamine bulbosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cardamine bulbosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-08-16
Research By: TWC Staff