Gratiola aurea
golden hedgehyssop

Gratiola aurea
Gratiola aurea
Photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Gratiola aurea
Common name: golden hedgehyssop
Group: dicot
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 2 - 5'
Foliage: leaves linear, lanceolate, oblong or ovate, somewhat clasping, entire or slightly toothed, opposite pairs.
a creeping plant with fleshy stolons.
Flower: yellow, 1/2" across, tubular at the base with 4 petal lobes; the top 2 lobes are fused into a dorsal, flat hood.
Flowering time: early July to late August, sporadically into September
Habitat: damp or muddy spots; wet, brackish, sand and mud of marshes, intertidal zones of coastal streams; wet woods, ditches (Hough 169)
Range in New Jersey: inner coastal plain and Delaware bay shore
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.  Gratiols, diminutive of gratia, grace or favor, from supposed medicinal properties; aurea, golden