Cuckooflower | Cardemine pratensis

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Bring the charm of spring to your garden with Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis) from our wildflower nursery! Delicate and resilient, its pale pink blooms add elegance to damp landscapes. Thriving in moist soil, this perennial is a favourite of early-flying butterflies, contributing to the vibrancy of your outdoor space.

With an easy-to-grow nature and minimal maintenance, Cuckooflower is a delightful choice for those seeking a graceful and visually appealing addition to their gardens. Embrace the beauty of spring – order now and let the enchantment of Cuckooflower blossom in your garden!


Botanical Information: Cuckooflower 

Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis), a delicate perennial belonging to the Brassicaceae family, graces landscapes with its subtle beauty. Renowned for its pale pink to lilac flowers, this wildflower typically grows between 20 to 50 centimetres in height, showcasing pinnately divided leaves that enhance its visual appeal.


Thriving in damp, grassy habitats and meadows, this species prefers areas with consistent moisture. Commonly found along riverbanks, marshes, and wet woodlands, its adaptability allows it to flourish in both partial shade and full sunlight. This versatile wildflower contributes to the colourful tapestry of wetland ecosystems.

Benefits to Wildlife

Cuckooflower plays a vital role in supporting wildlife, especially early-flying butterflies. Its nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, including Orange-tip butterflies, establishing it as an essential component of spring ecosystems. Additionally, the plant provides shelter for insects, contributing to the overall biodiversity of its habitat.

Conservation Status in the UK

While not currently listed as endangered, Cuckooflower faces threats due to habitat loss and changes in land use. Conservation efforts focus on maintaining and restoring wetland habitats where this wildflower thrives. Its presence is indicative of the health of these ecosystems, emphasizing the importance of preserving its populations.

Ease of Growing

Gardeners find Cuckooflower relatively easy to grow in moist to damp soil conditions. It adapts well to garden settings with consistent moisture and is particularly suitable for creating a naturalistic, wetland-inspired garden. This perennial requires minimal maintenance, making it an attractive choice for those seeking a low-maintenance, water-loving wildflower.

Cuckooflower stands as a symbol of grace and resilience in damp landscapes. From its delicate blooms to its adaptability and ecological contributions, this wildflower enriches both natural and cultivated environments. With its positive impact on pollinators and its ability to thrive in wet habitats, Cuckooflower remains a cherished choice for those seeking an enduring and visually impactful addition to their outdoor spaces.

More Information

Gardener’s World

The Wildlife Trusts

Species From the Same Habitat

Bell Heather Erica cinerea

Common Meadow-Rue Thalictrum flavum

 Marsh Thistle Cirsium palustre


Additional information

Weight 1 kg


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