• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


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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Did You Know?

Jonathan Letterman

Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.