Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Shaggy Hedgehyssop
Gratiola pilosa
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5?
State Rank: S2

Wet meadows, riverbank seeps, pond margins, pine barrens; also sandy woods, clearings and roadsides (Fernald 1970).

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This little perennial herb of open wetlands is distinctive in being villous-hirsute with jointed hairs, none of which are glandular. Leaves are sessile with a broad base. Sepals are very unequal in length (outer 7 mm,inner 4 mm) and the corolla is slightly longer than the calyx. Capsule (the fruit) is pyrmadical in shape and deeply furrowed. Members of the genus Gratiola, in general, have opposite leaves and small tubular flowers on single pedicels.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or impacts due to erosion. xotic pest plants are a threat and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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