Agalinis tenuifolia - Slender Gerardia, Slenderleaf False Foxglove. Found in most of the eastern 2/3 of the United States, it is a plant of "Special Concern" in Rhode Island. It was formerly classified as Gerardia purpurea.
This branching plant may be found in sprawling colonies. It has dark green to purple leaves and stems to about 2-feet tall, with small pink to purple blossoms. Similar species found in the region (from Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians) and why I don't think this is that species:
Agalinis purpurea (Smooth Purple Gerardia) - Although the specimen photographed on this page have yellow in the throat as does A. purpurea, the pedicels of A. purpurea are shorter, and that species does not exhibit the upper corolla lip extending over the stamens. While the specimens I photographed for this page have hairy stamens, I detected no hair in the corolla tube itself - a characteristic of A. purpurea.
Agalinis fasciculata (Fascicled Purple Gerardia) – This species is similar to A. purpurea, but also has another feature missing from A. tenuifolia - clusters of fascicles (tiny leaves) in many of the leaf axils.
Agalinis gattingeri (Gattinger's Gerardia) - A. gattingeri has pale green flowering branches, and net-veined calyx tube.
Agalinis auriculata (Earleaf False Foxglove) - The leaves of A. auriculata are wide, toothed, and sometimes lobed.
Update 07/20/2012: In researching another Agalinis species, I found that ITIS lists this genus in Orobanchaceae – the Broom-rape family, so I have updated this record, moving it out of the former classification within Scrophulariaceae – the Figwort family.
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Slenderleaf False Foxglove (Slender Gerardia) has pink to purple blossoms that are about ½ inch wide, with an upper corolla lip that hangs over the stamens.
The stems are dark green to purple. Here the late-season plant is all dark. The pdeicels are typically more than .8 of an inch long.
Several many-branched Slender Gerardia plants can make a fair sized, sprawling colony.
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