Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell
Purple false foxglove, Purple gerardia, Gerardia
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Agalinis purpurea var. carteri, Gerardia purpurea, Gerardia purpurea ssp. parvula, Gerardia purpurea var. carteri, Gerardia purpurea var. grandiflora
USDA Symbol: AGPU5
Pink, bell-shaped flowers on short stalks bloom in the axils of opposite, linear leaves.
The rose-purple corolla of this widely spreading, smooth-stemmed annual has dark spots on the inside of the throat. As a group, the Gerardias are slender, wiry-branched plants with narrow leaves. A smaller species, found in salt marshes, Seaside Gerardia (A. maritima), has rather fleshy linear leaves and smaller flowers. Over fifteen species of this genus occur in eastern North America, all with pink to purplish (or occasionally white) flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: S. New England and se. New York to Florida; west to e. Texas; north to Nebraska and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: moist sandy fields, rocky shores, serpentine barrens
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Agalinis purpurea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Agalinis purpurea in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-06
Research By: TWC Staff