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Purple Cress
Cardamine douglassii

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) Other scientific names: Arabis douglassii, Cardamine purpurea

French names: Cardamine de Douglas

Family: Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)

Group: Cresses

Flowers: Spring;  White, Blue/Violet;  4 parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 140   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 35 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii)

Purple Cress is a very early spring flower, blooming in early May.

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) flowers

Purple Cress flowers just opening.

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) flowers

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) plants

Two Purple Cress plants in the spring woods.

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) flower

Roundish stem leaves of Purple Cress.

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) leaves

The stem leaves may alos look like this.

Range map for Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)