Cardamine douglassii
(Purple Cress)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Purple Cress, Limestone Bittercress, Pink Bitter Cress, Pink Spring Cress
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: March - April
    Status: Native

Cardamine douglassii, or Purple Cress, is native to much of the eastern United States, except the deep south. It is a perennial, which grows in moist open woods. It blooms in early to mid spring, with light pink to almost purple flowers.

This plant is an ephemeral, which it means it goes dormant after blooming and setting seed. It is easily to identify when in bloom, as it is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, and it is unlike any other Cardamine species, in that, when in bloom, it has pink flowers, and not white like virtually all of the other Cardamine species.

Go Back

Back to The Plants.

Back to A-Z Listing.