Plant DetailShow Menu

Smooth False Foxglove Aureolaria levigata

Other plants called Smooth False Foxglove:

Previously known as:

  • Agalinis laevigata
  • Aureolaria laevigata
  • Dasistoma laevigata
  • Gerardia levigata
Phonetic Spelling
or-ee-ah-LAIR-ee-uh lee-vih-GAY-tuh
Description

Gerardia laevigata, commonly known as the smooth false foxglove, is a parasitic flowering plant in the Scrophulariaceae or figwort family. It is a perennial herbaceous plant that blooms from July to October. It is native to the eastern United States and spans from Pennsylvania to Georgia but can also be found west to Mississippi, and northeast to Ohio. Its native habitat is in woody mountainous regions where it enjoys partial sun, dry conditions, and sandy or rocky soil. Due to its parasitic characteristics, smooth false foxglove thrives when it is planted near a host plant.

 

Site:

Dry to moist woods and thickets

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#NC native
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#NC native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aureolaria
    Species:
    laevigata
    Family:
    Orobanchaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern U.S.A
    Distribution:
    The eastern United States, from Pennsylvania to Georgia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Spike of yellow, tubular flowers with five wide-spreading lobes; 1 in. corolla
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Smooth leaves with short petioles; mostly without lobes; simple or sparingly branched, smooth green stem
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Problems:
    Frequent Insect Problems