Identify this wild plant!

If you read my Jan. 15 post, you know I’ve recently become an enthusiast of chickweed, an edible wild green that’s been taking over my garden beds since last autumn and tastes superb! There’s another little plant that’s made a good showing in the garden, but I’m having a hard time finding its name or information about it. Thinking it might be an early stage of winter cress, I tried a few leaves, and they do have a mustard zing to them. But they’re much smaller than the photographs I’ve seen of winter cress, as well as having a purple base and tiny white flowers, rather than yellow. Do any of you readers know the identity of this ubiquitous little plant?


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Carolyn says:

    It’s been invading my garden as well and I’ve no idea where it came from! Let me know what you find out!

  2. aislingblackburn says:

    Yes it looks like hairy leaves bittercress, Cardamine pratense, usually very edible

  3. aislingblackburn says:

    I mean hairy leaved …….

  4. Anni says:

    I have a version of this in three places of my garden. But its oldest leaves are about 10″ long, new ones are really small. It looks as though it could be a wild root vegetable (say greens). Id upload a photo if |I knew how! See my facebook page

  5. Anni says:

    what do you mean by moderation?

  6. DON says:

    I believe that the plant in the photo is Little Western Bittercress (Cardamine oligosperma). According to the USDA it is native to the western US and New York State.

  7. Pamela slade says:

    Hairy Bittercress. I think

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