Arabis scabra


A short-lived perennial herb of Carboniferous limestone, growing in shallow soils, on scree, and on rock ledges. It spreads by seed. Lowland.



World Distribution

Mediterranean-montane element.

Broad Habitats

Inland rock (quarries, cliffs, screes)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 844

Life form information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (47a)
Jalas & Suominen (1994)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)

Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 78. Arabis stricta Huds,
Pring, M. E.
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 49, p.431-437, (1961)

Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 6,
Rich, T. C. G.
, London, (1991)

British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3,
Wigginton, M. J.
, Peterborough, (1999)