Beach Heath (Hudsonia tomentosa)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 3 to 8 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
plants on dunes

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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-04-22plants on dunes
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-10-14plants on the dunes
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-10-14close-up of foliage
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 15, 2018 4:52 PM

I see this interesting low plant, Woolly Beach-Heather, all the time on the backdunes of the southern Delaware seashore. It is native along the Atlantic Coast from Maine down into North Carolina, around the Great Lakes, and in some spots at lake shores in west of the Great Lakes and in southern Canada into Alberta. I only know of it being a wild plant.

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