Hairy Bittercress

Cardamine hirsuta // Searbh-bhiolar giobach is sprouting out of the ground already. It is a native plant and member of the Brassica family. Like many of the plants in the Glen it is self seeded, and like many Glen plants it is widely considered a pest by gardeners. It claims its place, taking hold by growing a tap root deep into the earth and then, when mature, by propagating very efficiently, popping its prominent pods and launching its projectile seeds into the wider world beyond its reach.

Hairy Bittercress likes the cool early rains of Spring and will bloom from March, tiny 4 petalled white flowers on tall stems, the seed pods grow taller than the flower and will pop open and eject seeds far and wide in warmer weather to come.

Published by @julforres

Julie Forrester, artist based in Cork City Ireland

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