Annual or biennial. Naturalized from Europe. Wastelands, sandy fields, and roadsides, from Atlantic coast to the Mississippi. February-May.

Whitlow Grass. Draba verna

Whitlow-Grass. Draba verna


One to five inches high.


About an inch long, in a tuft or rosette on the ground, oblong or spatulate, covered with stiff hairs.


Small white cruci-fers at the summit of the flowering stem; petals are two-cleft and so destroy the crosslike effect; pods vary from round-oval to oblong-lanceolate.

Pollinated by bees; also practises self-pollination. Nectar-bearing.

A small, insignificant plant, its rosettes of small leaves trodden upon and unnoticed.