Spring draba (Draba verna, syn. Erophila verna (L.) Bess.) may also go by the names shadflower, nailwort, vernal whitlow grass, early witlow grass or whitlow-grass. It is a small plant found in sagebrush country in the inland western U.S., and in most of Europe, including Britain, North Africa and temperate Asia. It was once thought to have been introduced to America from Europe, but is now considered native to both continents. It grows in very early spring. The flowers have four deeply notched white petals, and are borne an inch or two above the ground by a long stem. The leaves are clustered at the base.
Spring draba is said to be edible by Plants For A Future.
- Blanchan, Neltje (2002). Wild Flowers: An Aid to Knowledge of our Wild Flowers and their Insect Visitors. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
- Plants For A Future: Erophila verna
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