Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Hairy Bittercress - Cardamine hirsuta   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, likely will be found in every county.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. MA to Ont. and MI, south to FL and TX; also B.C. to CA; UT.
AbundanceCommon to locally abundant, except, apparently, the southern Coastal Plain where uncommon.
HabitatDry to moist soils of roadsides, lawns, campuses, gardens, flower beds, disturbed soils, fields, mneadows.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting February-April (-May).
IdentificationHairy Bittercress is hardly hairy. Only the leaf stems are hairy, but not densely so. Stems are glabrous (vs. hairy basally in C. flexuosa/occulta). Its stem leaf segments are narrower than in other alien bittercresses. Plants produce a persistent rosette of basal leaves (absent at flowering time in C. pensylvanica).
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Pinehurst, March 1992. MoorePhoto_non_natural

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