What plant is that?

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Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2015

The unknown plant this month is a perennial with bright yellow or sometimes white flowers. The flowers are tubular with 5 sepals and although they may appear to have 4 petals they are actually two-lipped and irregular. The leaves clasp the stem, are opposite and more or less entire and are about 1” in length. The fruit is round and about as long as the sepals in which it is enclosed.  This plant may be creeping along the ground or upright and reach a height of 4-12”. It blooms from mid-June to September along pond and river shores in wet soil.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Gratiola aurea
Common Name:
  Golden Hedge Hyssop, Golden Pert
  Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
  Wet sandy areas along pond shores and rivers

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