Synonyms: Other names: Nomenclature: breweri = named after Brewer Nativity / Invasiveness: Montana native plant
No medicinal data
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.
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.
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.
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.