Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Spring Whitlow Grass (Spring Draba) (Draba verna) (Synonym: Erophila verna): Images

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April 26, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire I saw this very small clump of white flowers in the grass near where I live. It took an hour to identify. The XID Services weed identification software was a big help. It does not always get me the exact species, but it can often identify the genus.

Spring Whitlow Grass is a 2 to 12 inch tall plant with a clump of 1/2 to 1 inch oblong, hairy basal leaves. The long flower stem is hairy, especially near the leaves. Stem leaves are absent, unlike the similar species, Cushion Draba (Draba lanceolata) which does have stem leaves. The 1/8 inch wide flowers have 4 white petals that are so deeply-notched, it appears as if there are 8 petals.
Date Location Notes Images
April 27, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire