Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Narrowleaf Bittercress (Cardamine impatiens): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 30, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire The silique seed pods were a give-away that this was in the Mustard family. It has a very nice horseradish taste. Key:
  • Fruit a silique (greater than 3 times as long as wide).
  • Silique longitudinally dehiscent (splits open along its length).
  • Lower leaf blades lobed or divided.
  • Principal leaf blades pinnately lobed or pinnately divided.
  • Plants glaberous (hairless) or pubescent (hairy) with unbranched hairs.
  • Stem leaves sessile and auriculate-clasping.
  • Septum (partition between the seeds) and replum (wing-like border of the septum) perpendicular forming I-bean cross-section. (Cardamine genus)
  • Principal leaf blades simple or pinnately lobed or pinnately divided.
  • Lower leaf blades pinnately lobed (sinuses to nearly the midrib) or pinnately divided. Upper leaf blades usually similar.
  • Principal leaf blades with 5-17 leaflets.
  • Stem leaves clasping the stem. Sharply-toothed or lacerate-margined (torn-looking) leaflets.