Family, Rockrose. Color, yellow. Petals, 5, falling after a day's time, much larger than the calyx. Leaves, bristly, awl-shaped, small, overlapping one another, closely packed on the stem. Flowers, very small, borne among the leaves near the tops of the branches; sessile or with short peduncles.

This plant grows a few inches high, in a close and bushy fashion, heather-like, in sand along the dunes or on the edges of pine woods.

H. ericoides differs from the last in that the flowers are borne on slender peduncles and the leaves are more loosely arranged. May and June.

"In some parts the two species of poverty grass (Hudsonia tomentosa and ericoides), which deserve a better name, reign for miles in little, hemispherical tufts or islets, like moss scattered over the waste.

"In summer, if the poverty grass grows at the head of a hollow looking toward the sea, in a bleak position when- the wind rushes up, the northern or exposed half of the tuft is sometimes all black and dead, like an oven-broom, while the opposite half is yellow with blossoms, the whole hillside thus presenting a remarkable contrast when seen from the poverty-stricken and the flourishing side." - Thoreau's Cape Cod.

Low, branched, tufted shrubs, looking like heather. In dry, sandy soil, in pine barrens, not far from the seashore.

A third species is found in the mountains of North Carolina.