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Cardamine douglassii (Limestone bittercress)
Wallace, George

Cardamine douglassii

Cardamine douglassii Britton

Limestone Bittercress

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)


USDA Symbol: cado

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Silique
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Pink to purple, rarely white.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , TN , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Woodland,Savanna

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous 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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cardamine douglassii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cardamine douglassii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cardamine douglassii


Record Modified: 2023-03-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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