• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cardamine pratensis

Cuckoo flower

Cuckoo flower

© � Mike L. Grant 1999

  • Other common names Cuckoo flower
    Lady's smock

    Bread and milk
    Cuckoo bread
    Cuckoo buds
    Cuckoo spit
    Lady's flower
    Meadow bittercress
    Meadow cress
    Spring cress

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  • Genus Cardamine are herbaceous perennials with simple, palmately or pinnately divided leaves and short racemes of 4-petalled white, yellow, pink or purplish flowers in spring or summer

  • Family Brassicaceae / Brassicaceae

  • Species C. pratensis is a perennial to 40cm, forming a basal rosette of pinnate leaves with rounded leaflets, with erect leafy stems bearing short open racemes of 4-petalled, pale pink or white flowers 1.5cm across in late spring

  • Plant range Europe


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar_Upright#Columnar/Upright



  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Suitable for growing in a flower border, rock garden or woodland

Propagation Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Can get aphids and flea beetles

Diseases Generally disease free

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