Hoary Cress - Lepidium draba


Medium to tall greyish plant. Basal leaves oblong, pointed, deeply toothed and long stalked. Stem leaves clasping. Flowers white 5 to 6 mm in dense umbel like clusters.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Stem leaves oval, clasping stem; soft-hairy and grey-green.  Inflorescence is a 'corymbose panicle' (i.e the lower flowers have longer stalks, producing a flowerhead that is more or less flat)

Recording advice

A photo graph of the plant in its habitat


Waste and disturbed ground, roadsides, field margins.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent south of a line from the Humber to the Severn, scarce elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 60 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (neophyte), occasional

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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