Gratiola aurea Pursh - Golden Hedge-hyssop


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Gratiola aurea - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Plantaginaceae


Muddy or sandy shores, ditches, mainly in acid soils.




Newfoundland and Quebec, south along the coastal plain to FL, irregularly inland to IL and ND.


Perennial herb with ascending to erect stems to 30 cm; leaves glandular punctate, sessile by a broad base, lanceolate to ovate, 1-2.5 cm, entire or remotely toothed; pedicels filiform, 5-15 mm; bractlets 2, sepal-like; sepals lanceolate, 4-5 mm; corolla bright yellow (white), 12-16 mm; fruit globose, 2-3 mm, slightly shorter than the calyx.


Flowers July to September

Wetland indicator: OBL

An aquatic form (forma pusilla) can occur in clear water at a depth up to two meters.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


USDA, NRCS. 2002.
The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.



 Michael Hough 2018