Common Whitlowgrass - Erophila verna


Very variable, low, slightly hairy plant, sometimes overwintering; stems leafless. Leaves lanceolate to elliptical, toothed in a basal rosette, and covered in sparse, often bifurcated, hairs. Flowers white, 3 to 5 mm, the petals deeply cleft. Fruit narrow, elliptical.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

V small plant, basal leaf-rosette, hairy, petiole shorter than or equal to leaf blades

Recording advice

Photo of whole plant showing leaves


Stony places, pathways, sandy ground.

When to see it

March to May.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout most of Britain but seems to be scarcer in the south west.

VC55 Status

Common but under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally frequent.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map