What flower is that?

  

Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2015

The mystery plant for August is a low-growing perennial with needle-like, dark- green leaves and strikingly beautiful yellow flowers.  This plant which is a very small shrub has woody stems and short linear leaves. The flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals. The leaves are alternately arranged on the stems. This plant stands about 6-10” tall and is covered by yellow flowers when it blooms in late spring and early summer.  It grows in sandy, dry soil and is listed as a plant of concern in RI.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Hudsonia ericoides
Common Name:
  Golden Heather
Family:
  Cistaceae (Rockrose Family)
Habitat:
  Acid sandy soil in full sun

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