Spring Flora of Wisconsin

Cardamine douglassii (Torr.) Britton
purple spring-cress
Family: Brassicaceae
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Cardamine douglassii is found mostly in eastern Wisconsin and apparently prefers rich understories of deciduous forests. In my experience it seems to do very well on stream terraces, although that may be an artifact of land use in our area in which most other forests have been more heavily altered. The petals range from conspicuous purple to nearly white, but the unopened petals in bud are usually clearly purple. The spreading hairs on the stem are also a helpful character.




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