Cardamine hirsuta

Common Name:

Common Bitter-cress



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Midlands, Otway Range, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory (JKNPRSTVW) all States except NT
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common weed in lawns and disturbed areas, found in exposed, dry sites 1

Flower Description:

White 1


Annual herb to 35 cm high 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has stems that are hair free and no more than 3 leaves on the stem. When in flower there are 4 stamens. 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:



1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria