Wedge-leaf Draba

© Mike Haddock

 

Common Name: Wedge-leaf Draba

Scientific Name: Draba cuneifolia

Family:Mustard

Longevity: Annual

Height: 3 - 6 inches

Bloom Period:
March, April, and May

 

© Iralee Barnard

 

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.