Draba muralis   Wall Whitlowgrass R DD N

Draba muralis Draba muralis fruit

This is one of those names which confuses because Wall Whitlowgrass is not one of the usual Whitlowgrasses nor is it a grass. It is however one of the many early flowering white crucifers sent to confuse botanists. In the same place as this plant were growing Erophila verna (Whitlow grass), Cardamine hirsuta (Hairy Bittercress), Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale cress) and Saxifraga tridactylites (Rue-leaved Saxifrage) - all have small white flowers. D. muralis is quite a leafy plant and thankfully produces fruit (seeds) quite quickly after flowering these are distinctly different from any of the other plants except Erophila verna which is small and has no leaves on the stem and actually looks nothing like it.

This is not an easy plant to find though. It grows on limestone near rocky outcrops which, I find, are usually through a thicket and up a scree slope with no obvious route.

D. muralis is dotted about in the British Isles and Ireland without there being much of a concentration anywhere.

Derbyshire LHS: Cressbrookdale 11th April 2005 RHS: Chee Dale 12th May 2005

Added on 11th April 2005, updated 13th December 2008, updated 28th March 2010

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