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Cardamine bulbosa
Spring cress


Interesting info

One of the earliest flowers at the preserve. The distinctive four-petaled flower marks this plant as a member of the mustard family.

The flower may be confused with cut-leaved toothwort, which has a lacy leaf and prefers dry soil, or with Houstonia, which blooms in the wet woods in June.

You ought to know

Height: about 1'

Frequency: Many plants found in low, wet woods.

Blooms: April.

Range: Frequent in low places throughout Indiana, especially inundated woodlands in the southwest counties.

Found from New England to Minnesota and from Florida to Texas.