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Gerardia Agalinis

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Other plants called Gerardia:

Phonetic Spelling
ag-uh-LIN-us
Description

Agnus genus contains seventy species which are spread across North, Central, and South America.  Purple Gerardia is a perennial wildflower found in damp acidic soil in thickets and boggy sites.  It is a wildlife plant supporting bees and butterflies.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Agalinis purpurea
Tags:
#bees#purple#fall flowers#perennial#acidic soil#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#nectar plant#boggy#fall interest#wet sites#specialized bees#thickets#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#larval host plant#wet soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#common buckeye butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Agalinis purpurea
Tags:
#bees#purple#fall flowers#perennial#acidic soil#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#nectar plant#boggy#fall interest#wet sites#specialized bees#thickets#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#larval host plant#wet soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#common buckeye butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agalinis
    Family:
    Orobanchaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North, Central, and South 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.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Tiny, shiny, globular capsule with many seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1-in., pink-purple, bell-shaped with five rounded lobes, downy flowers in leaf axis; dark spots in throat; very short flower stalk
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Paired linear leaves, 1 to 1.5 in. long; smaller leaves clustered in the axils
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil