Cardamine cordifolia

Large Mountain Bittercress

Upright. Stem leaves from base to inflorescence, few basal. Leaves nearly round, 1–4 in., fleshy, with shallow rounded teeth. Lower leaves with short petioles. Inflorescence without bracts. Flower petals white, 1/4–1/2 in., egg-shaped or oval, narrowing to long and thin near base. Seedpods erect, straight, 3/4–1 1/2 in. long. Grows in streambanks, alpine meadows. Var. lyallii has smaller flowers, petals about 1/2 in. long, and grows throughout the range.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--24 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Alpine, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: West Gorge, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes