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Boechera stricta
Canadian rockcress, Drummond's rockcress

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska o California, east to the Rocky Mountains, and east along the northern U.S. and southern Canada to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Open areas in the forest from middle elevations to the subalpine.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Biennial, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Short-lived perennial from a simple crown, the stems 1-several, erect, usually simple, 3-8 dm. tall, usually glabrous throughout.


Basal leaves numerous in a rosette, oblanceolate to elliptic, entire, 2-7 cm. long and 3-15 mm. wide, the blade narrowed to a slender petiole; cauline leaves numerous, overlapping, sessile and auriculate, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 1.5-3 cm. long and 3-15 mm. wide.


: Inflorescence of 5- to 50-flowered, terminal racemes; pedicles 7-20 mm. long; sepals 4, 3-4.5 mm. long, the outer ones slightly gibbous at the base; petals 4, 7-12 mm. long, white to pale pink; stamens 6; style lacking.


Siliques strictly erect, glabrous, strongly compressed, 3-9 cm. long and 2-3 mm. broad; seeds in 2 series, 2 mm. long, winged.

Accepted Name:
Boechera stricta (Graham) Al-Shehbaz
Publication: Novon. 13: 389. 2003.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Arabis albertina Greene
Arabis connexa Greene
Arabis drummondii A. Gray [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Boechera stricta in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Boechera stricta checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Boechera stricta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Boechera stricta photos.

USDA Plants: Boechera stricta information.

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