Lophiola aurea

Lophiola aurea
Lophiola aurea
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Lophiola aurea
Common name: goldencrest
Group: monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 24-35"
Foliage: silver/gray, woolly
Flower: small, bright yellow
Flowering time: Blooms early May to June; fruit late June to August
Habitat: wet acid soil of bogs and swamps of pinelands
Range in New Jersey: pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. This plant reaches its northern limit in the Pine Barrens.

Witmer Stone wrote in 1910: "This is a striking lant found only in the heart of the Pine Barrens. The dense, wooly covering of the flowers recalls the Eidelweiss of the Swiss mountains, and from the downy, white clusters the little yellow flowers peep out like tiny stars...."(356)