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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.