Three-Leaved Bittercress
Cardamine trifolia

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cardamine (kar-DAM-ih-nee) (Info)
Species: trifolia (try-FOH-lee-a) (Info)
View this plant in a garden

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sherwood, Oregon

Stanwood, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 19, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice evergreen groundcover, with a bit of fall color to boot. I have this growing between rocks around my small pond, does quite well.

Neutral

On Mar 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

A small creeping plant from Europe.

Has toothed, mid-dark green leaves divided into 3 square shaped leaflets. Bears stalks of small, white, 4 petalled flowers. Very occasionally you may find a pink flowered plant.

Flowers between April-July

Likes moist, drained, leafy soil in shade or partial shade. Nice little woodland garden plant.