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Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell
Purple false foxglove, Purple gerardia, Gerardia
Synonym(s): Agalinis purpurea var. carteri, Gerardia purpurea, Gerardia purpurea ssp. parvula, Gerardia purpurea var. carteri, Gerardia purpurea var. grandiflora
USDA Symbol: AGPU5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, WV Canada: ON 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MSNatural Biodiversity
- Johnstown, PAMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-06
Research By: TWC Staff