Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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White top
Chil bi la t’ahłigaí
(a.k.a. Hoary Cress, Cardaria draba)

Cluster of small, white flowers

Whitetop was introduced to North America from Europe and Asia, and is now a widespread invasive. It grows in a wide variety of habitats and can infiltrate grazing lands. Whitetop is a forb that can grow to be two feet tall. It has grayish-green leaves and clustered white flowers with four petals.

Growth habit, leaves primarily basal and midstem but also near the top of the plant. A cluster of abundant white flowers tops the plants.
Close-up of the small white flowers, which have the characteristic crosslike, four petal arrangement common in the mustard family
Arrangement of the leaves on the stem. A portion of the base of the leaf adheres to the stem, and leaves point upward.
Short growth habit
Growth habit showing dominance of flower cluster in the plant's profile

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