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Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower, lady's smock, mayflower, or milkmaids), is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia. The specific name pratensis is Latin for 'meadow'. Cardamine pratensis is a herbaceous, hairless, perennial plant growing to 40–60 cm tall, with pinnate leaves 5–12 cm long with 3–15 leaflets, each leaflet about 1 cm long. The flowers are produced on a spike 10–30 cm long, each flower 1–2 cm in diameter with four very pale violet-pink (rarely white) petals. The style of the fruit is short or longish. It grows best close to water.
Its common name cuckoo flower derives from the formation of the plant's flowers at around the same time as the arrival each spring of the first cuckoos in the British Isles.
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Germination; Sow indoors or under glass. Surface sow onto moist well-drained seed compost. Cover very lightly with compost. Ideal temp. 20°C. Keep soil moist at all times but not wet. Germination can be slow and irregular. Prick out seedlings when 2 true leaves are developed into 8cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed with 60cm spacing.
Growing; Prefers most soils in sheltered situations out of full sun. Keep moist. Requires little attention.
Cultivation; The plant will produce new plants as the base of its leaflets. When large enough these can be separated form the mother plant and grown individually.