Seminole False Foxglove (Agalinis filifolia)

Botanical names:
Agalinis filifolia Accepted
Gerardia filifolia Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 6 feet
Leaves: Other: Needle like
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Comments:
Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Dec 27, 2016 7:27 PM

This is in the Orobanchaceae or Broomrape family and as such is a parasite to varying degrees of the roots of plants near it.
Native only to AL, GA, and FL in the US, it is found throughout the state of FL. It is not picky as to soil. A very hardy plant, more than capable of growing in harsh conditions such as sand, sun, and truly xeric conditions.
Blooms are very eye catching in the fall when little else is blooming. This is not suitable for cultivation in a garden as it tends to sprawl to 6 feet wide or more, although owing to its fine, needlelike leaves, it will not shade out other plants around it.

Bees and butterflies love to visit this plant, and it is a larval host of the Common Buckeye butterfly.

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