Irish wildflowers

Cuckoo-flower / Lady's Smock
Cardamine pratensis
Biolar gréagáin
Family: Brassicaceae

Flowering time: March-June. Perennial. Native.

Large white to pinkish-mauve flowers. Yellow anthers. Colour depends
on habitat, pink-mauve on dryer ground. Fruit with long or short style.
Basal leaves round / oval, in rosette. Stem leaves narrow-lanceolate.
Variable plant, sometimes with runners. Height: To 60 cm

Very frequent. Damp meadows and lawns, stream sides, open moist woodland.


Photograph above: Ballingeary, Co.Cork. May 2007

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