Coast Rock Cress

(Arabis blepharophylla)
Coast Rock Cress
Coast Rock Cress populations along coastal bluffs of the Presidio
appear to be stable or increasing.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Arabis is Latin for "of Arabia."

Presidio Locations: Found on rocky coastal bluffs and ridges of serpentinite.

Range In State: Central coastal California.

Description: This rare, native perennial species of the Mustard Family grows up to 12 inches in height with showy, fragrant, pink to purple four-petaled flowers with white centers. Leaves are long, with distinct individual hairs on edges; forming a rosette at the base of the stem. Blooms from February to April.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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