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Arabis glabra (Tower rockcress)
Smith, R.W.

Arabis glabra

Arabis glabra (L.) Bernh.

Tower Rockcress

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Synonym(s): Arabis glabra var. furcatipilis, Arabis glabra var. glabra, Turritis glabra

USDA Symbol: argl

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Deltoid , Lanceolate , Oblanceolate
Inflorescence: Raceme
Fruit Type: Silique
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , 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 , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , QC

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Loam, clay-loam, or rocky soil.


Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides)

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Large Marble
(Euchloe ausonides)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

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


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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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

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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