In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Draba plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Members of the Draba plant genus are small hardy perennials.
They bloom in the early spring, with star like flowers of yellow, pink, white, or purple.
As they are small plants (ranging in size from 3 to 20 cm (1 to 7 inches)) they are ideal for use in rock gardens.
The common name for members of the Draba plant genus is the Whitlow grass.
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If you plan to sow Whitlow grass seeds outdoors, then this should be done after the last frost of spring.
Simply cover the seeds once sown. Whitlow grass likes to grow in a sunny part of the garden, but is fine in slightly shaded areas too. It prefers a soil that is sandy and not too acidic.
If you first plan to grow Draba indoors, for later transplantation, then the seeds take from one to three months to germinate. Germination occurs at a temperature of 15 to 20 degrees Centigrade (59 to 68°F).
The Whitlow grass growing process should start about ten weeks before transplanting out, following the last frost of spring.
Whitlow grass should be spaced at about 10 cm (4 inches) apart, ideally into a rock garden.
As these plants do not like water from above, they are best grown under the protection of a rock overhang. If you require more plants they can be divided in the spring.
The Draba genus consists of approximately 370 species.
While not a typical garden plant, some species of Draba can be attractive additions to rock gardens or alpine plant collections.
Draba bruniifolia is a commonly grown species among gardeners.
No, Draba species are not known for their fragrance.
Draba prefers a sunny location and well-drained, gritty soil, ideal for rock gardens or similar environments.
Currently, Draba is not considered invasive in the USA.
Removing Draba involves uprooting the entire plant, making sure to remove all roots to prevent regrowth.
The Draba genus, often called Whitlow-grass, includes over 300 species of annual and perennial plants native to the northern hemisphere and South America. These small plants produce clusters of yellow or white flowers and are often grown in rock gardens.
Draba plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They are tolerant of poor soil and drought conditions and can be grown from seeds or division. Given their small size, they are best appreciated in rock gardens, alpine troughs, or along pathways where they won't be overshadowed by larger plants.