Coast Rock Cress
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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