Cardamine hirsuta

Hairy Bittercress, hoary bittercress, lamb’s cress, land cress, shot weed, flick weed

Description: winter or summer annual

Place of origin: Eurasia

Urban habitat: commonly found in damp, disturbed soil, cultivated garden beds, lawns, parks, woods, and roadsides; tolerates dry or wet conditions.

Ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for wildlife.

History: When touched, the seeds of Cardamine hirsuta burst explosively, allowing the plant to spread rapidly in disturbance-prone locations. Its flowers, stems and leaves are edible and are said to taste spicy and are used as an herb or garnish in salads and soups.