Holboell’s Rockcress

Holboell’s Rockcress is a tall, narrow taproot biennial that produces large amounts of small seeds in pods. It produces small pink to white flowers and has basal leaves at its base. The word ‘cress’ means ‘to eat’, which refers to various types of cress commonly being used in salads and other meals.

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Description
Latin Name Arabis holboellii
Type Herb
Description Holboell’s Rockcress is a tall, narrow taproot biennial that produces large amounts of small seeds in pods. It produces small pink to white flowers and has basal leaves at its base. The word ‘cress’ means ‘to eat’, which refers to various types of cress commonly being used in salads and other meals.
Height and Spread 10 – 100 cm tall. Up to 10 cm spread.
Bloom Colour Pink to white.
Bloom Months May-August.
Foliage Colour Dark to light green foliage.
Seed Months Seeds mature after flowers in small, long seeds.
Light and Water Widespread in open, well lit fields, forests, grasslands, and rocky slopes. Grows in dry, rocky sites.
Ethnobotany Information The Nlaka’pmx people chewed Holboell’s Rockcress for toothaches.
Wildlife Uses Hollboell’s Rockcress is commonly considered edible and provides a small source of browsing for many wildlife species.
Garden Uses Holboell’s Rockcress is well placed in a drylands rocky garden setting. While it does not cover a large area, it’s tall narrow stalks and hardiness can be both beautiful and useful.
Facts While Hollboell’s Rockcress is not commonly eaten, it’s name derives from the word ‘cress’, which means ‘to eat’. A more common type of edible cress is water cress.
Propagation Techniques Holboell’s Rockcress produces abundant, very small seeds that can be directly propagated into soil.