Connecticut Plants
Woolly Hudsonia (Beach Heath, False Heather)
Hudsonia tomentosa Nutt.

Woolly hudsonia is classified as a threatened species in Connecticut.

  • Family: rockrose (Cistaceae)
  • Habitat: beaches, pine barrens, sand hills
  • Height: 3-8 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Origin: native
Hudsonia tomentosa Nutt.
Hudsonia tomentosa Nutt.
Hudsonia tomentosa Nutt.

A comparison of twigs of woolly hudsonia and its relative, golden-heather. Woolly hudsonia twigs look whitish because of tiny white hairs on the leaves. Golden-heather has longer, needle-like leaves. These twigs were photographed in July. At the time of flowering, the differences are less distinct because the golden-heather leaves are not yet fully elongated.