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Aureolaria virginica (Downy yellow false foxglove)
Brundage, Stephanie

Aureolaria virginica

Aureolaria virginica (L.) Pennell

Downy Yellow False Foxglove, Downy False Foxglove

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Agalinis virginica, Aureolaria dispersa, Aureolaria microcarpa, Dasistoma dispersa, Dasistoma virginica, Gerardia dispersa, Gerardia virginica


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A terminal cluster of funnel-shaped, yellow flowers, with 1 flower in axil of each opposite bract, atop a downy stem.

Like the very similar Smooth False Foxglove (A. laevigata), this plant is partly parasitic on the roots of oaks.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: Ontario; New Hampshire south to Florida, west to Louisiana and Texas, and north to Tennessee and Michigan.
Native Habitat: Dry open woods.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aureolaria virginica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aureolaria virginica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aureolaria virginica


Record Modified: 2023-05-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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