Hoary Cress, Whitetop

Hoary Cress on a staircase

Lepidium draba

The Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba) is an adaptable and robust relative of the popular Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum). It originates from the Mediterranean region and is also called Whitetop or Thanet Cress.

Here in the region, the perennial plant, which spreads by runners, is common. It flowers from April to June and also does well in urban locations.

Hoary Cress at the roadside

Apart from stairways, roadsides or roadsides, it can also be found on embankments, in meadows and rubble areas.

The flowers of the Hoary Cress are often visited by the Green Rose Chafer.

Rose Chafer on Hoary Cress
A Rose Chafer on the flowers of the Hoary Cress.