Brewer's Bittercress
Cardamine breweri S. Wats.
Family: Brassicaceae, Mustard
Genus: Cardamine
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Nomenclature: breweri = named after Brewer
Nativity / Invasiveness: Montana native plant
Edible plant
No medicinal data
Description

General: plant height: 20-60 cm tall. Growth habit: perennial, erect to spreading or nearly trailing, from slender rhizomes. Stems: simple to rather freely branched, hairless or sparsely hairy near the base.

Leaves: basal leaves usually mostly simple, the blade 1-3 cm long, cordate to reniform or ovate, shallowly wavy-lobed. Stem leaves alternate, usually compound with 2-4 lance-shaped to ovate lateral lobes, the terminal one rounded, much larger, shallowly lobed. All leaves hairless.

Flowers: white, with 4 spoon-shaped petals 3-7 mm long and sepals 1.5-2.5 mm long. Flower stalks ascending, 5-20 mm. long. May-August.

Fruits: pods linear, cylindrical, erect, 2-3 cm long and 1-1.5 mm broad, with valves indistinctly 1-nerved at the base. Style 0.5-2 mm long.


Distribution

Widespread in wet places, along streams, foothills to subalpine, in w. c. and s. parts of MT. Also in the rest of w. U.S. and n. to AK.
Edible Uses

Bittercresses add a refreshening, peppery flavor to foods. They can be eaten raw in salads, but they are usually better cooked in soups, stews and other dishes.


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