Wedge-leaf Draba

Wedgeleaf Draba
Wedge-leaf Draba
 Mike Haddock

Wedge-leaf Draba
Draba cuneifolia

 

Family Mustard
Longevity Annual
Height 3 - 6 inches

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Erect stems are slender and wiry. Leaves, produced mostly at the base of the plant, are coarsely-toothed and covered with branched hairs. Flowers are four-petaled and white.
  • Comments: As is characteristic of the Mustard Family, draba flowers have four petals.
    The Wedge-leaf Draba fruits are narrow and held almost upright. When the ripe fruit capsules open, the tiny orange-brown seeds fall to the ground, leaving a thin, whitish tissue that is smaller but similar to the cultivated “silver dollar plant.” Another relative is garden horseradish. One of our tiniest and earliest spring plants, Wedge-leaf Draba is found in dry, open soil on prairies in the eastern one-third of Kansas.

 

Wedgeleaf Draba after fruiting
 Iralee Barnard

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