E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Arabis eschscholtziana Andrz.
Eschscholtz's rockcress (Eschscholtz's hairy rockcress)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Species Information

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Biennial or short-lived perennial herb usually from an unbranched stem-base; stems 1-few, 20-80 cm tall, stiff-hairy basally, glabrous above.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, 2-8 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, narrowed to a slender, fringed stalk, glabrous to sparsely hairy above and below; stem leaves broadly egg-shaped to oblanceolate, unstalked, with clasping bases and often toothed margins, more or less glabrous.
Few to many-flowered racemes; petals 6-9 mm long, white to pale pink; sepals bulging on one side at the base.
siliques, erect to slightly spreading away from the axis of the inflorescence, straight or slightly curved, 5-8 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, glabrous; seeds in 1 row, 1-2 mm long, wingless or with very narrow wings.
Often included in A. hirsuta, as the coastal form of that species.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows, streambanks, rocky slopes and disturbed areas in the lowland to alpine zones; frequent in BC in and W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; N to AK and YT and S to W ID and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arabis hirsuta subsp. eschscholtziana (Andrz.) Hultén
Arabis hirsuta var. eschscholtziana (Andrz.) Rollins

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