Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles


2017-03-27 11.20.08


Also Knows as:  Lambs CressLand Cress, Flick Weed, Shot Weed, Pepper Weed, Snap Weed & Spring Cress

Uses:  Culinary, Old Medicinal Remedy

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Preparation:  Flower Essence, Infused Oil, Infused Vinegar



  • Symbolizes:   Bright mind (clarity & perception), right action, connected to heart


The Hairy Bittercress weed is part of the member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae).  Other members of the mustard family include kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, horseradish, wasabi  and Sweet Alyssum.  Eating it raw and fresh gives you the best nutrients and it tastes great in salads and sandwiches and with eggs.  It is milder than horseradish and like garden cress it is peppery.

Health and Wellness

I have read that in the past Hairy Bittercress was used as a heart sedative, diuretic and expectorant.  In Greek Cardamine translates to heart subdued.  This plant grows in cool weather and is hearty.  It is a known for being full of Vitamin C and sulphur which increases oxygen to the cells making this a great fresh wild winter green.

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.