Heartleaf Bittercress (Cardamine Cordifolia) grows in abundance along Colorado’s montane and sub-alpine streams. Its membership in the mustard family accounts for the fact that it looks very much like a white version of Western Wallflower.
Bittercress flowers and young leaves are edible and reportedly have a tangy flavor reminiscent of horseradish. The leaves and flowers get increasingly bitter as they mature. Bittercress can be added raw to salads or used in soups, stews and casseroles.
Native American tribes used Bittercress to treat colds, fevers, sore throats, headaches, chest pains, and upset stomachs, among other things. In Europe, the plant has historically been used to prevent scurvy due to its high Vitamin C content.