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Purple Spring Cress


Scientific Name     

Cardamine douglassii  Britton

Family Name

Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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flower

leaves

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habitat

sepals

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist woods, springs

Plant Height:  

30 cm 

Flower Color:  

rose-purple or pink, occasionally white 

Flower:  

perfect; complete; 4 petals; 4 purple slightly hairy sepals turning brown with age; stamens 6 

Inflorescence:  

terminal clusters of single flowers on long pedicles

Fruit:  

silique (elongated seed pod) to 2 cm long

Leaves:  

basal leaves long-stalked and roundish; cauline leaves stalkless and slightly toothed

Bloom Time:  

March-May 

Origins:  

native

Other:  

stems usually hairy; Cardamine bulbosa similar to C. douglassii (also known as Pink Spring Cress) except flowers are white, stem is less hairy and C. Bulbosa found in wetter habitats