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Draba oligosperma (Fewseed draba)
Reveal, James L.

Draba oligosperma

Draba oligosperma Hook.

Fewseed Draba, Few-seed Whitlow-grass, Woods Draba, Whitlow Grass

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Synonym(s): Draba juniperina, Draba oligosperma ssp. subsessilis, Draba oligosperma var. juniperina, Draba oligosperma var. oligosperma, Draba oligosperma var. pectinipila, Draba oligosperma var. subsessilis, Draba pectinipila, Draba subsessilis


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

A low, gray cushion of tiny, narrow leaves subtends a short, erect, leafless flowering stalk, 1-5 in. tall. A small, grayish, hairy, densely tufted plant with basal leaves and racemes of small yellow flowers on leafless stalks. Forms mats to 3 ft. across. Tiny, yellow flowers occur in dense, showy clusters and fade to creamy white.

This is one of many tufted species of Draba with yellow flowers, distinguished in part by technical characteristics of the hairs. The entire surface of this plant is covered with microscopic hairs that lie flat, each with a main axis and perpendicular branches on either side (similar to two back-to-back combs).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Mts. of w. Canada & U.S.
Native Habitat: Open ridges; montane slopes; foothills; valleys

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: A rock garden candidate.


Description: Propagate from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-08-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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