Arabis Hirsuta, Hairy Rock-Cress



Common name:
Hairy rock-cress
Scientific name:
Arabis hirsuta
Main flower color:
Range:
All across the UK, though often only locally common
Height:
Between 10 cm and 60 cm
Habitat:
Grassland, dunes and rocky places, in calcareous regions
Flowers:
Up to 5 mm in diameter, with four white petals, the upper part held at 90 degrees, and a four lobed calyx, divided almost to the base
Fruit:
Hairless, narrow, linear pods, elliptical in cross-section, up to 5 cm long, pointing upwards
Leaves:
Ovate, lined by shallow teeth, hairy, especially underneath and along the margins. In a basal rosette and along the stems, where leaves are narrower, clasping and upwards-pointing
Season:
May to August
Rarity:
★★★★★