Common Whitlowgrass - Erophila verna


Very variable, low, slightly hairy plant, sometimes overwintering; stems leafless. Leaves lanceolate to elliptical, toothed in a basal rosette, and covered in sparse, often bifurcated, hairs. Flowers white, 3 to 5 mm, the petals deeply cleft. Fruit narrow, elliptical.

Photo ID?

Stony places, pathways, sandy ground.

When to see it

March to May.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout most of Britain but seems to be scarcer in the south west.

VC55 Status

Common and probably under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 143 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map