Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Invasive weed, Cardamine hirsuta
When I first saw this little flower all over the garden last year in late winter, I thought it was pretty. Having a flower bloom in late winter is fun! Little did I know . . . . . In the mustard family, this plant has a basel rosette that winters over, also called cuckoo flower, I can tell you it is driving me coo-koo. Blooms in late winter and is very pretty with a slightly peppery flavor. After flowering, it sets seed and those seeds are spring loaded and pop out and spread with a vengeance as I am learning this spring. Ugh!, another invasive weed, it has been around in milder climes for a while but has now popped up all through our area of PA as well.