Draba sierrae

 Draba sierrae    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Draba sierrae has only begun to show up in seed lists in the past decade or so. It's a
choice small alpine Draba from the high sierras of California.  It doesn't like excessive
moisture and can be shy flowering, but it persists and usually puts on a good show of tiny
yellow blooms in March to April.  It grows less than 1" (2.5 cm) tall and barely a couple
inches across.

In the photo below, we get a better view of the silvery foliage and the seed pods
forming in June.  I sprinkle the seed around among the gravel in the troughs, and
occasionally a seedling appears, although it might take 4-5 years to reach the
size of the plants shown here.


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 Draba sierrae - in seed    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Photos by Mark McDonough
(Top photo April 2001, bottom photo - June 2001)

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