Cuckoo Flower Cardamine Pratensis - 3x 9cm Pot
Cardamine Pratensis is often found colonising cool, shady areas with a reliable source of water. It is a herbaceous perennial that forms a basal rosette of pinnate or palmate leaves with rounded leaflets. Its divided leaves grow on erect, leafy stems, which bear racemes of four-petalled pale pink or white flowers. Cardamine Pratensis also works well in shady, herbaceous borders and boggy ground.
- Foliage Colour: green
- Flower Colour: white, pale pink
- Current Size: 9cm
- Approx. Growth Height: 10-50cm
- Max. Spread: 50cm
- Planting Time: autumn or spring
- Flowering Time: spring - summer
- Uses: beds and borders, wildlife
- Habit: upright
- Exposure: sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: average
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full shade
- Moisture: moist but well drained, well drained
- Soil Requirements: chalky, clay, loamy, sandy
Cardamine Pratensis will grow well in partial shade or full shade and in moist or well drained soil. Prepare the flower bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil. Prepare a hole for the plant, place the plant in the hole and carefully yet firmly fill in with loose soil.
Caring and Maintenance:
Plant in partial or full shade between autumn or spring and sow seeds in a cold frame in spring. Plant in fertile, moisture-retentive soil in summer. Sow seeds in a cold frame in autumn.
This plant is suitable for zones 1 & 2 of a pond.
A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring, and the development of larger root systems which can access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.