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Sicklepod Rockcress
Boechera sparsiflora

About Sicklepod Rockcress (Boechera sparsiflora) Boechera sparsiflora (formerly Arabis sparsiflora) is a species of rockcress known by the common names sicklepod rockcress and elegant rockcress. It is native to western North America from California to Utah to Yukon, where it can be found in a number of habitats. This is a coarsely hairy perennial herb growing one or more thick stems from a caudex. The stem may branch or not and it reaches up to 90 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves vary in shape from linear to arrowhead-like and may or may not have toothed edges. They are usually hairy and up to 8 or 10 centimeters long. The raceme flower cluster bears a number of flowers with spoon-shaped petals about a centimeter long in shades of purple or pink. The fruit is a large, curved silique 6 to 12 centimeters long
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
3 ft (0.9 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Part Shade

Elevation ?
198' - 12863'

Annual Precip. ?
7.6" - 108.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 3.96"

Coldest Month ?
21.2° F - 52.0° F

Hottest Month ?
41.1° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
0.37 vpd - 26.90 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Elegant Rock-cress, Elegant Rockcress

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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