Common Name: Wedge-leaf Draba
Scientific Name: Draba cuneifolia
Height: 3 - 6 inches
March, April, and May
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.