Where there’s a will…

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… there’s a way, or so they say! Here’s one determined little wildflower, pushing its way up in the sidewalk crack, encrusted with the salt that just last week was sprinkled here to keep people from slipping on the ice.

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Cardamine hirsuta, also known as Bitter Cress, will produce long, skinny fruits that in a few weeks will spring open, showering the sidewalk and nearby turf with hundreds of tiny seeds. This habit has earned the little weed a wonderfully funny common name: Jumping Jesus. Bitter Cress is in the mustard family. Its beautiful cousins, the Toothworts, will soon be blooming in nearby woodlands.

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