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Draba norvegica

Draba norvegica
May 12
rock whitlow-grass
May 17
Draba norvegica
Looser leaf structure than most drabas – at least as seedlings

Common name rock whitlow-grass
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white (spring-early summer)
Size 6-8"
Light part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil, not too dry
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly June

Whispy stems carrying clusters of white flowers, held well above low-growing tufts of small, dark green leaves. Circum-polar distribution, occurring naturally in mountain habitats.
First flowers appeared in May of their second year, for the plant growing in a trough, and a couple weeks later for the plant growing in the open rock garden. As shown in the photos above, the flowering stems elongate as blooming progresses, as is common in brassicaceae. The plants don't look much like photos I've seen of the species, so there is a good chance this is a different species.

rock whitlow-grass
Rock garden specimen blooming May 31

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (86%G, 6-14d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (54%G, 8-14d)
  3. Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (10%G, 6-14d)

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