Growing on dry land, as opposed to the watercress, Pennsylvania bittercress (Cardamine pensylvanica) is a small plant (never more than a foot tall) with 9-11 leaflets on the compound leaves. Contrary to the name, this one is not that bitter, and it can make a great “mustardy” salad base. These tender leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked, but don’t delay. You’ll see them in April in most areas, and that’s about it for the year. These short lived plants grow tiny white flowers with 4 petals, and then give way to popping seed pods, and then they are swallowed up by the growing grass of spring. Get them while you can. This plant is found in the eastern US.