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ARABIDOPSIS thaliana

Image of Arabidopsis thaliana

Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

ARABIDOPSIS thaliana

Plant Common Name

Mouseear Cress

General Description

This is by no means an ornamental. It's a common winter field weed that's gained big press for it's role in scientific research. Arabidopsis is a super short-lived Eurasian annual that completes its life cycle in as little as 8 weeks. It's easy to grow, a prolific seeder and naturally flowers in early spring, towards winter's end.

This tiny plant produces a radial basal rosette of green foliage that persists through much of winter. When growing conditions begin to grow warmer, the rosette sends up a tiny branched stem topped with little four-petaled white flowers. The blooms are insect pollinated and quickly produce lots of siliques filled with lots of tiny, viable seeds.

This plant is strictly grown in greenhouses or growth chambers for research purposes. It grows best in high light and prefers porous potting medium with a neutral to slightly acid pH. Cooler growing temperatures are ideal, but warmer temperatures will speed bolting and seed set.

To learn more about the breadth of arabadopsis research visit www.arabidopsis.org.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    2"-3" / 5.1cm - 7.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes