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Cardamine glanduligera

A choice woodlander with green serrated leaves which unfurl in spring. At the same time there are intense purple pink  flowers. Any good soil. Shade to part shade. H12cm x S15cm


Cardamine pentaphyllos

Pretty spring plant with deep purple blue flowers in March and April.  Humus rich soil. Part shade. H30-45cm.


Cardamine quinquefolia

Shade lover with a profusion of purple pink flowers in spring. Any good soil. Full to part shade. H15cm.  


Cardamine heptaphylla

Good Spring plant with deep green serrated leaves and white flowers in Spring. Any good soil. Shade to part shade. H60cm.  


Cardamine trifolia

Close packed evergreen leaves, tinged purple in Winter. Covered with tiny white flowers in early Summer. Any good soil. Part shade. Good ground cover or edging plant. H18cm.



A number of European forms are more garden-worthy than our native cuckoo flower.They will thrive in damp soils under trees and shrubs.

Good companions are hellebores, wood anemones and pulmonarias.