Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Hairy bittercress

2014-10-22 15.13.091. We ate a few weeds in the War – wild watercress, stinging nettle (cooked and eaten instead of cabbage), dandelion leaves, hairy bittercress and young groundsel. I still put hairy bittercress and groundsel in my salads [Muchelney, Somerset, January 2007].

2. When I lived in Hampshire I was told that in the New Forest the local name for hairy bittercress was Jumping Jesus – a name which I enjoy and have used ever since! [Bucknell, Shropshire, March 1997].

Both images: Battersea Park, London Borough of Wandsworth; October 2014.