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Lady's Smock

Cardamine pratensis

Also known as

Cuckoo Flower, Bread And Milk, Meadow Cress, Spinks, Spring Cress, Cuckoo Bread, Cuckoo Buds, Cuckoo Spit, Lady's Flower, Mayflower, Meadow Bittercress, European Field Bittercress

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Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Lady's Smock Overview

An upright perennial herb found in parts of Europe and North America with glossy grey green, kidney-shaped to round, rosette, pinnate leaves. Bears purple pink (rarely white) panicles of disc-shaped flowers. Its common name is 'Cuckoo Flower', because the flowers of this plant begin to open at about the same time as the cuckoo starts to call.

Common problems with Lady's Smock

How to propagate Lady's Smock


You can propagate by seeds or division in the autumn.


Special features of Lady's Smock

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Lady's Smock

Wildflower/meadow, ponds and bogs.

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