hairy bittercress

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hairy bittercress

hairy bittercress

A bitter edible invasive weed in the mustard family that’s difficult to erradicate, so we might as well eat it. Hot, radish-like flavor similar to watercress. Not really hairy, it makes a wonderful spicy salad green. Little vertical stick-like seed pods stand upright surrounding tiny white flowers. Related to Large Bittercress (Cardamine amara ), and Wavy Bittercress (Cardamine flexuosa), which are also edible.
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Common annual weeds in our gardens include chickweed, nettles, hairy bittercress, groundsel and annual meadowgrass.
Yun also supplied Irish chef Richard Corrigan with the wood sorrel and hairy bittercress for his starter course at the same banquet for the Queen.
Hairy bittercress, annual meadow grass, dandelion and groundsel are a particular problem at the moment and are much easier to remove when they are young.
Weeds suck the soil dry and rob precious plants of nutrients so keep your eyes peeled for offenders, and especially annuals such as chickweed and hairy bittercress that set seed and spread like wildfire.
If the gene for resistance had mutated into the weed hairy bittercress it could also spread into all our cabbages, cauliflowers and brussels.
Bunch of hairy bittercress (use cress or watercress if you can't find any).
Fast developers like the hairy bittercress are even starting to set seed
I would much rather be pulling out forget-me-not seedlings than chickweed or hairy bittercress and you can then have the choice of leaving selected patches of plants in to complement and support other spring flowers.
Amongst the many gems I would like to have brought home was the lovely Cardaimine pratensis flore-pleno, or Ladies Smock, a relation of the hairy bittercress.
I always do a bit of weeding before I do my buying - watch out for the innocent-looking hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) with their tiny rosettes or leaves and pretty little white flowerheads.
Alternatively it could be hairy bittercress, which forms a little rosette of leaves and a tiny spike of delicate white flowers.