Hudsonia tomentosa

Common name: False Heather

Native plant

We are not currently selling this plant, but we are working on offering as a pint in the coming years. Hudsonia is not a plant for the casual, or serious for that mater, plant collector. You will need a site that is similar to its natural habitat to get it to grow. Sandy soils in full to part sun will give it the spot it needs to get it a start and once it gets going it can do very well. In nature Hudsonia will form mats of scaly leafed discs that flower in the later spring. We're listing it as forb but it is a true shrub, only not as most will recognize. The leaves are alternate but very small and don't really have fall color. It's the flowers that make this plant interesting, as they are really put bright spots on soil that usually is a bit drab during that time of year.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Ground cover

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
1 Feet
Max width
1 Feet

Additional information

Drought Resistant Pollinator hot spot

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