Etymology: Arabis: a Greek word used for "mustard" or "cress," and the Greek word for Arabia, perhaps referring to the ability of these plants to grow in rocky or sandy soils (?)
Plants: erect, biennial/perennial, 12"-60" tall forb; stems usually hairy toward the base and smooth above
Leaves: lance-like, clasping, smooth
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/8"-1/4"; inflorescence a tight, short cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-June
Fruits: long, thin, roundish pod pointing upward; seeds in 2 rows
Habitat: sun; dry; prairies, fields
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"