• Eventual height: 0.45m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

Cardamine pratensis

lady's smock or cuckoo flower

5 year guarantee Perfect for pollinators
1 litre aquatic pot £21.99
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This pond plant dies right back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist soil, or reliably damp or boggy soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

This variable perennial can be found colonising cool, shady spots where there is a reliable source of water. They have attractively divided foliage, which will often produce new plantlets at the base of the leaflets, and in late spring or early summer, showy clusters of lilac-pink, purple or white flowers top the upright stems. Plant Cardamine pratensis in bold drifts in wet meadows, woodland or at the edges of a pond. They also work well in boggy, shady herbaceous borders.

  • Garden care:
    Plant in reliably moist ground, and if using as a pond marginal, plant directly directly into the soil at or just below the water level (0-5cm or 0-2"). Little maintenence is required though trimming back spent flowers may encourage further blooming. Cut back at the end of autumn.

  • Sowing instructions:
    Surface sow into small pots or plugs filled with good compost and gently firm down. Keep under glass where temperatures can be maintained at 20°C, and keep the compost moist but not waterlogged at all times. When large enough to handle pot on and gradually harden off before planting outside at 30cm intervals. Outdoor sowings can be undertaken when temperatures are warm into a well-prepared, weed-free seedbed. Once the young plantlets have developed on the leaflets, they can be removed from the mother plant and planted out.

  • Sow: August to September or March to May

  • Approximate quantity: 250 seeds
    • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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