Arabis hirsuta

Hairy Rockcress

Erect, covered with coarse hairs. Basal leaves with short petioles, oblong to egg-shaped, 1–3 in. long, entire to sharply toothed, tips rounded; stem leaves linear, alternately spaced more or less evenly, clasping. Flowers pinkish, cream, or white on single or branched stems in terminal cluster. Seedpods long and flat, hairless, erect to spreading. Grows in sandy to gravelly soils, disturbed places, from beach to high elevations. Var. glabrata has hairless leaves, is sparsely hairy on stem. Similar A. glabra has oblong to spoon-shaped, toothed or lobed leaves, and grows in meadows.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial, Perennial
  • Height: 8--25 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Wallowas, Steens, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes