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.
|Pink to white.
|Dark to light green foliage.
|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.
|The Nlaka’pmx people chewed Holboell’s Rockcress for toothaches.
|Hollboell’s Rockcress is commonly considered edible and provides a small source of browsing for many wildlife species.
|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.
|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 watercress.
|Holboell’s Rockcress produces abundant, very small seeds that can be directly propagated into soil.