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Sicklepod Rockcress
Boechera sparsiflora
About Sicklepod Rockcress (Boechera sparsiflora) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 9 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Part Shade


Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.6" - 108.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.29" - 3.96", Coldest Month: 21.2" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 41.1" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.37" - 26.90", Elevation: 198" - 12863"

Alternative 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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