Cardamine californica

Nhu Nguyen
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 09:30:28 PDT
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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