Brassicaceae
Cardaria draba

Whitetop

Erect stem with clasping leaves. Roots from spreading rhizomes forming dense patches. Stems hairy below, hairless above, divided in inflorescence. Leaves 1–2 in. long, widely lance- to egg-shaped. Basal leaves with short petioles, entire or toothed; upper leaves clasping stem, with base lobes wrapped somewhat around stem. Flowers on expanding upper stems, 4 petals white. Seedpods heart-shaped, hairless, on short stalks. Grows on disturbed, often salty soils. Native to Eurasia, a noxious weed here, particularly on agricultural land.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--2 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, Disturbed, Meadow
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Steens, East Gorge, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No

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