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Plant of the Month - Purple Cress

Purple Cress (Cardamine douglassii) is a native Ohio wildflower that blooms in early to mid-spring. It is a member of the Mustard family and is common throughout the state. It grows approximately 12 inches tall and has alternate leaves that are toothed or lobed, with a hairy stem. The flowers have 4 regular parts that vary in color from pinkish purple to sometimes white. The Iroquois utilized this plant as a poison antidote and anti-witchcraft medicine.