agalinis purpurea
purple foxglove

Agalinis purpurea

Agalinis purpurea
Agalinis purpurea
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell  
Common name: purple foxglove
Group: dicot
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: annual
Origin: native
Plant height: 1 - 2.5'
Foliage: dark green, long, linear; leaves and stems may be tinted with purple
Flower: to 1" long and across, tubular, 5 lobes, lavendar to purple with specks of dark purple and two patches pale yellow
Flowering time: July to September
Habitat: usually wet and acidic sands
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Bees enter the flowers upside down; the leaves are host for the caterpillars of the buckeye butterfly.
Distinguishing between various Agalinis species can be challenging; critical characteristics are flower stalks, flower hairs and petal shape.