Cuckoo Flower

Cardamine pratensis

A native perennial of damp meadows, the flowers appear around the time that cuckoos return in April -May.  The clusters of pink, pale lilac or white flowers attract butterflies and bees.  A caterpillar food plant of the orange tip butterfly.  The leaves can be eaten as watercress.

Height: Up to 50cm (2ft).

Planting site: Requires a moist site in partial shade or sun.  An ideal water garden or pond-side plant.

Many butterflies and other insects depend on our disappearing native wild plants. By creating a wildlife area in your garden and growing native wildflowers, you will produce an attractive habitat for butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife.

It is illegal to take plants from the wild.

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