Cardamine trifolia (Three-leaved cuckoo flower)

Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
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Plant Overview

A charming little woodlander from Central and Southern Europe. It forms a neat mound of evergreen trifoliate leaves which are almost black in the winter and dark green in the summer. In spring and early summer it puts up stalks topped with white, cross-shaped flowers.

Not a typical thuggish cardamine - it is very well behaved.

Wonderful when planted under trees or shrubs where it will come into flower before the new trees come into leaf. Prefers dappled shade, but will tolerate full shade or full sun provided the soil doesn't get too dry when the plant is in leaf.

Height and spread: 20cm x 30cm

Common name(s): Three-leaved cuckoo flower.




Photo 1 courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society.


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The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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