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)
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Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 27, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Really attractive groundcover for shade. Some sources list it as zone 5 Us and 7 (UK). I just planted mine, so can't attest to hardiness yet, but it did take me dividing it in stride without any sign of stress.

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.