Milkmaids

(Cardamine californica)
 
Milkmaids
Milkmaids in bloom in the forest along the Ecology Trail.

Will Elder, NPS

 

Origin Of Genus Name: Cardamine is Greek for a Cress with medicinal uses.

Presidio Locations: Damp forested areas.

Range In State: Throughout California.

Description: This native of the Mustard Family has white to light pink flowers in multiple clusters at the top of a single stem 4-15 inches in height. Leaves are oval at the base and three-part upper leaves are blade-like. Blooms February to April.

Native Californian Uses: The Yurok used Milkmaids as a season indicator, as it was among the first plants to flower in the spring.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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