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Arabis hirsuta (Hairy rockcress)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Arabis hirsuta

Arabis hirsuta (L.) Scop.

Hairy Rockcress

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (NI)

Arabis hirsuta has a basal rosette of hairy, oblong leaves, clasping stem leaves, and pods that are erect or pressed against the stem.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Silique
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: White to yellowish white.


USA: AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS
Native Habitat: Alpine,Rocky Bluff


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.4 - Research Update, Wild-Collecting Endangers Natives, Director's Report, Maryland ...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arabis hirsuta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arabis hirsuta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arabis hirsuta


Record Modified: 2022-11-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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