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Cardamine bulbosa (Schreb. ex Muhl.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
Bulbous bittercress, Spring cress
Synonym(s): Arabis bulbosa, Arabis rhomboidea, Cardamine rhomboidea
USDA Symbol: CABU3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr
, 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Pineywoods Native Plant Center
- Nacogdoches, TX
Record Last Modified: 2012-08-16
Research By: TWC Staff