Cardamine cordifolia

(Heartleaf Bittercress)

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Cardamine cordifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5358

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Cardamine cordifolia, Sts. Johns, Summit Co. 0162

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Cardamine cordifolia, Sts. Johns, Summit Co. 0146

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Cardamine cordifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5366

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Cardamine cordifolia, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 6944

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Cardamine cordifolia, Upper McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 1096

Scientific Name Cardamine cordifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol CACO6
Common Name Heartleaf Bittercress ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22789
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (6000 to 13500 ft.); wet areas and along ponds and streams.
Plant: Erect perennial with several leafy stems 8 to 28 inches tall, growing in large patches.
Leaves: Deep green stem leaves are heart-shaped with scalloped edges, 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of fragrant white flowers each 3/4-inch long in a short raceme and with 4 bright white petals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County