Etymology: Draba: from Greek drabe for "sharp" or "acrid" and referring to the burning taste of the leaves which supposedly had a medicinal value as a poultice
Plants: perennial, 4"-16" tall forb
Leaves: Basal leaves toothed, oblong, hairy, often with sharp teeth
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/3"-1/2' wide, buds yellow; inflorescence up to 4" long in a loose cluster of stalked flowers; blooms May-June
Fruits: long, narrow, smooth, twisted pod
Habitat: limestone cliffs
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.