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  • Writer's pictureDon Yurewicz

New plant ID in Conway Lake

I spotted a new native plant while wading in knee deep water along shore near our home in Zone 1, and Amy Smagula helped to ID it as hedge-hyssop (Gratiola sp.) (page 14 in Amy's booklet). Its an emergent shallow-water plant that prefers sandy bottoms. The leaves are simple (i.e., lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets) and there are there are two opposite leaves per node along the stem. I found it growing in the shallow sandy bottom along our shore along with pipewort.

Underwater view of Gratiola sp., Zone 1

Looking down on Gratiola sp. from the surface, Zone 1

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