Cardamine pratensis L., Sp. Pl. 656 1753.;

Cardamine pratensis (cuckooflower or lady’s smock), is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia. The specific name pratensis is Latin for “meadow.”

Cardamine pratensis is a herbaceous, hairless,[1] perennial plant growing to 40–60 cm tall, with pinnate leaves 5–12 cm long with 3-15 leaflets, each leaflet about 1 cm long. The flowers are produced on a spike 10–30 cm long, each flower 1–2 cm in diameter with four pale pink (rarely white) petals. The style of the fruit is short or longish.[1] It grows best close to water.
Its common name cuckooflower derives from the formation of the plant’s flowers at around the same time as the arrival each spring of the first cuckoos in the British Isles.[2]
It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, and has become naturalised in North America as a result of cultivation. In some European countries, including parts of Germany, the plant is now under threat.
It is a food plant for the orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) and makes a valuable addition to any garden which aims at attracting wildlife. It was once used as a substitute for watercress.

(from Wikipedia on 28.10.16)



Plant for ID :: Zurich, CH :: EU-ARKOCT25 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Please ID this plant growing wild near Zurich, CH. This was clicked in April 2016.

Looks like Cardamine pratensis (cuckooflower or lady’s smock)

yellow: Löwenzahn

pinkish: Wiesenschaumkraut

Thank you … for the IDs.
Löwenzahn is Taraxacum officinale and Wiesenschaumkraut is Cardamine pratensis.

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