Flora of Northern Ireland
Cardamine pratensis
© Graham Day
Cardamine pratensis
© Fiona McCrory
Cardamine pratensis
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Also called the mayflower (the ship on which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to America was probably named after this species) because of its time of main flowering. A common herbaceous plant of damp meadows and pasture; also of grassy roadside verges, woodland clearings and as a lawn weed. Very variable in colour of flower from white to deep pinky-purple.

All names: Cardamine pratensis L.; Cardamine nymanii Gand.; Cardamine matthioli Moretti; Cardamine hayneana (Reichb.) Fritsch; Cardamine palustris (Wimmer & Grab.) Peterm.; Cardamine rivularis Schur; Cardamine crassifolia Porret