This is a superb little plant we found in the redwoods in northern California. The leaves are a deep red purple on the underside and the early spring new growth is a richly patterned purple that could easily stand alone without flowers. The flowers are either pink or light purple depending on your perception of color. ID'd by Cardamine expert Alex Wright.
Heartleaf Bittercress. A western US and BC native which prefers the proximity of streams, springs or seeps and this one is an Alex Wright collection from Swauk Creek in Kittitas Co., WA. Loves a rich moist soil where it will form dense colonies with flower stems holding white flowers with a cream eye 18"-36" high. This was formerly the subspecies lyallii but has been lumped.into the species.
Lovely species in the group formerly placed in the genus Dentaria referring to their crinkled molar-like rhizomes. We do enjoy the the color of the purple-pink flowers in early spring but there is a quality of texture and sheen to the leaves that makes us consistently murmur 'I like that plant" whenever we pass by it.
Collected by Crug Farm of Wales under collection number BSWJ2165a on Singalila Ridge in the northern Indian Himalaya. We are excited to introduce this to our side of the pond. Slow spreading perennial with bronze tinted leaves and large showy pink flowers on 2'-3' stems.
This will slowly make a very rewarding clump in the shade garden with 5-fingered leaves which spawned the species name of pentaphyllos. Good display of dark pink flowers in spring that blends well with many of the Anemone nemorosa varieties and frankly just about everything else in the shade garden. Native to Europe. Quite hardy.
Try to get past the uncanny steroidal resemblance to the cursed shotweed which infests every bit of cultivated soil in the temperate zones - same genus but much better manners! Double white flowers like tiny roses from soft pinkish buds. This sets no seed but roots at the leaf tips.
This is a delight in the spring with it's short stems of 8-12 pinkish-lilac flowers in March. This will make a spreading groundcover but dies back quickly after flowering so is not a problem and is perfect for planting around Hostas and other later arrivals. Very hardy and a classic spring ephemeral.
A no-fuss restrained yet refined evergreen Cardamine which is nearly faultless. We haven't found a fault yet but most overachievers are hiding something deep under that charm and industry. Rest assured, this will never go postal in your garden. Dark green dense leaves set off flowers of of purest white in early summer.
One of those spring ephemerals we totally groove on. This tuberous Toothwort is native to the woodlands of the former Yugoslavia so current geography is from Bosnia through Croatia and into stable Austria. This will form a little colony but is not annoying in the least and is so delightful with its sizable white flowers in March.
A plant of muddled taxonomy as the plants under this name from Korea differ in appearance from the Hokkaido populations where even there one finds the discordant lack of consensual taxonomy harshing the zen buzz. White flowers in early spring on this little woodlander. A plant favored by the Ainu people for bringing a wasabi-like pungency to salads.