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Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell
Purple false foxglove, Purple gerardia, Gerardia
USDA Symbol: agpu5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
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 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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, PA
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Record Modified: 2012-12-06
Research By: TWC Staff