bitter cress


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bit′ter cress′


n.
any plant of the genus Cardamine, of the mustard family, having clusters of white, pink, or purple flowers.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.bitter cress - any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowersbitter cress - any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic
cress, cress plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
Cardamine, genus Cardamine - bittercress, bitter cress
Cardamine pratensis, cuckoo flower, cuckooflower, lady's smock, meadow cress - a bitter cress of Europe and America
Cardamine bulbifera, coralroot, coral-root bittercress, coralwort, Dentaria bulbifera - European bittercress having a knotted white rootstock
Cardamine diphylla, crinkle root, crinkleroot, crinkle-root, Dentaria diphylla, pepper root, toothwort - North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed roots
Cardamine bulbosa, spring cress - small white-flowered cress common in wet places in eastern North America
Cardamine douglasii, purple cress - small perennial herb of cooler regions of North America with racemose purple flowers
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So this week has been taken up with weeding paths and pulling out oceans of bitter cress and grasses on the point of seeding.
The weather has been hot enough for a hoe to be effective on the small colonies of annual weeds - mainly bitter cress.
Plants like chickweed, Stellaria media; shepherd's purse Capsella bursa-pastoris; and hairy bitter cress, Cardamine hirsute, multiply quickly and are often the first weeds you will notice appearing in your spring garden.
Chickweed and hairy bitter cress seeds will both start to germinate when the soil temperature is just above zero.