Cardamine californica

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 09:54:34 PDT
Looks interesting, do you have an idea of its zone range?  It it as hardy as
the Cadamine that has been discussed?

NE Calif

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On Behalf Of Nhu Nguyen
Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 9:30 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Cardamine californica

We have had a lot of discussion about the weedy members of this genus. I
certainly have the weedy ones in my pots and I'm trying very hard to keep up
with weeding them.

But, I would like to steer your attention to a geophytic member of this
genus, Cadamine californica or Milkmaids. It has rhizomes that are
tuber-like and goes completely dormant in the summer. The fleshy and often
times mottled leaves appear with rainfall and is one of the very first
plants to bloom in Spring in northern California. Unlike its cousins, the
flowers are quite large (~1/2 inch or 1.5 cm) and stems can be >2ft (~70
cm) tall. It is found throughout California (except the desert), southern
Oregon, and Baja California (=California Floristic Province). We have a page
for it on the wiki.…


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