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Hudsonia tomentosa

Sand Heather, Woolly Beach-heather, Beach Heath, Poverty Grass

Scientific Name:

Hudsonia tomentosa

Genus:

Hudsonia

Species Epithet:

tomentosa

Common Name:

Sand Heather, Woolly Beach-heather, Beach Heath, Poverty Grass

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cistaceae (Rockrose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dunes, sand flats, blowouts (in DE, NC, VA), high elevation quartzitic sandstone outcrops (in WV) (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

Grows only in the sand dunes along the coast.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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