Cuckoo? Yes, I swear.
Latin name: Cardamine pratensis (pratensis meaning 'of a meadow')
Common name: Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock
Nativity: Throughout Europe and Western Asia, usually found growing in
damp areas next to streams and meadows, edge of the woods, and roadside
Identification: approximately 1-2' in height (40-60 cm), with pinnate leaves and blooms around April/May ranging in colors from pink to white
Information: This edible plant is aptly named Cuckoo flower due to its bloom period coinciding with the spring calls of the Cuckoo bird. The young stems, leaves, and flowers are all edible with a slight peppery taste that works well in salads. It is also food for the Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, both in larval and adult stages. -J