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Gerardia Agalinis tenuifolia

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Phonetic Spelling
ag-uh-LY-nus
Description

Slender-leaved False Foxglove is a very fine textured native wildflower found in sunny areas in wet woodlands, thickets, meadows, along coastal shores, and in disturbed areas.  Plant it in full sun to partial shade in moist well-drained soil though it does withstand many soil types and moisture levels.  It self-seeds easily and will naturalize in the landscape.

It often shares the same habitat with A. purpurea which it is confused with, but is distinguished by the long stalks that support each flower.  The flowers are showy late summer into fall.  This plant is reported to be partially parasitic feeding off the roots of other plants.  Agalinis comes from the Greek word aga which means remarkable and linum is from the Latin word for flax, because the flowers somewhat resemble flax flowers.  The species tenuifolia means narrow leaves.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  This plant may be challenging to grow in a cultivated landscape.

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Tags:
#showy flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#wet sites#NC native#thickets#naturalizes#wind dispersed seeds#self-seeding#disturbed areas#native wildflower#native annual#larval host plant#NC Native Pollinator Plant#late summer flowers#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#early fall flowers#pollinator garden#wet soil intolerant#common buckeye butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#wet sites#NC native#thickets#naturalizes#wind dispersed seeds#self-seeding#disturbed areas#native wildflower#native annual#larval host plant#NC Native Pollinator Plant#late summer flowers#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#early fall flowers#pollinator garden#wet soil intolerant#common buckeye butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agalinis
    Species:
    tenuifolia
    Family:
    Orobanchaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Canada, Central and Eastern North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Agalinus support butterfly larvae and adults. Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) larvae appear from May to October and in the deep south they appear year-round. Common Buckeye adult butterflies feed on flower nectar. Members of the genus Agalinis support the following specialized bee: Anthophorula (Anthophorisca) micheneri, Leaf-cutting bees (Megachile spp.). Syrphid flies feed on pollen.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 7 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2b, 2a, 3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    1/4" shiny globular capsule with wind dispersed seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Description:
    Single purple pink bell to funnel shaped flowers form in the upper leaf axils. They have 5 lobes and a spotted throat and hairy edges. The two top petals are smaller and form a hood the larger three lower petals flare out. Stamen and style are white. Flowers are short-lived lasting only a day or two and only a few flowers on a branch bloom at a time. The flowers are on a longer pedicle (flower stalk) than A. purpurea.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, linear, 3/4"-2" long 1/8" wide with entire margins and large midrib vein. In dry conditions leaves may take on a purple -red hue.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Angled stems with narrow ridges, green but can turn purple-red in drought, smooth to the touch.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Riparian
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Wet Soil