13. Lady’s Smock / Cuckoo Flower

No 13
Common Name: Lady’s Smock / Cuckoo Flower
Scientific Name: Cardamine pratensis
Irish Name: Biolar gréagháin
Family: Brassicaceae
Habitat: wet habitats such as marshes and damp meadows
Uses: Edible parts of Cuckoo Flower: Leaves and young shoots – raw or cooked. Rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C. The leaves and young shoots are harvested in the spring and taste rather like water cress. The leaves can be available early in the year and when used in small quantities make a very acceptable addition to salads.

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