Edible plants – Hairy Bittercress – Cardimine hirsuta

hairy bittercress flower


  • Hairy Bittercress is sometimes known as ‘Hoary Bittercress’
  • Found in rocky areas or cultivated ground such as gardens, often found as a ‘weed’
  • Grows up to 30cm high, while the flower at the tip of the stem has four petals which are approximately 2.5-5mm long
  • Can be seen January to December


Distinguishing features and how to identify

  • Hairy Bittercress is usually small, hairy and has a rosette of leaves at its base
  • The petals are small and white with four (sometimes six) stamens
  • The stem grows at a vertical angle with seed pods growing on the upper region of the stem, above the leaves and below the flower



  • Both the flowers and leaves are edible and are great in a salad, salsa or pesto
  • The leaves taste like rocket when raw
  • Full of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, beta-carotene and antioxidants