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Cardamine bellidifolia
alpine bittercress

Distribution: Occurring In the Olympics and Cascades mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east across Canada to far northeastern North America

Habitat: Subalpine to alpine meadows.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, somewhat tufted perennial from a taproot and branching crown with slender branches, the several stems 2-10 cm. tall.


Leaves numerous, mostly basal in a rosette, the blades rhombic-elliptic to ovate, 5-30 mm. long, entire to shallowly 2- to 4-toothed, narrowed to slender petioles 2- to 4-times as long; cauline leaves 1-3, reduced.


Inflorescence of few-flowered, bractless racemes; pedicles 4-10 mm. long, ascending; sepals 4, 1.5-2 mm. long, the outer pair saccate at the base; petals 4, white, 3-5 mm. long; stamens 6; style 1-3 mm. long.


Siliques linear, erect, 1.5-3.5 cm. long and 1-1.5 mm. broad; seeds in 1 series.

Accepted Name:
Cardamine bellidifolia L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 654. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cardamine bellidifolia L. var. bellidifolia [HC]
Cardamine bellidifolia L. var. pachyphylla Coville & Leiberg [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cardamine bellidifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cardamine bellidifolia checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Cardamine bellidifolia information.

E-Flora BC: Cardamine bellidifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cardamine bellidifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Cardamine bellidifolia information.

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