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Gratiola neglecta
American hedge-hyssop, clammy hedge-hyssop

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout most of North America.

Habitat: In shallow water and on muddy shores, and in other wet places in the valleys and plains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Fibrous-rooted annual, the stem simple or branched, erect or diffuse, 1-3 dm. tall, usually with stalked glands upward.


Leaves opposite, sessile, entire or with a few small, sharp teeth, 1-4 cm. long and 2-15 mm. wide, on pedicels 1-3 cm. long.


Flowers solitary, on long pedicels arising in the axils of reduced upper leaves; calyx of 5 distinct sepals, 3-7 mm. long, closely subtended by a pair of sepal-like bracteoles, these and the sepals narrow; corolla tubular, bilabiate, 7-10 mm. long, the tube white or yellowish, the limb purplish, the upper lip slightly notched, the lower 3-lobed; fertile stamens 2, the others wanting, the pollen sacs parallel on a flattened surface inside the corolla tube.


Capsule dehiscing by 4 valves, ovoid, pointed, 5-7 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Gratiola neglecta Torr.
Publication: Cat. Pl. New York 89. 1819.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gratiola neglecta in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Gratiola neglecta checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Gratiola neglecta information.

E-Flora BC: Gratiola neglecta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gratiola neglecta photos.

USDA Plants: Gratiola neglecta information.

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