Agalinis pulchella

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Agalinis pulchella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Agalinis
Species: A. pulchella
Binomial name
Agalinis pulchella
Natural range of Agalinis pulchella from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: St. Mark's false foxglove[1]

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym: Gerardia pulchella Pennell.[2]


Agalinis pulchella is a dioecious annual forb.[1] It is dull green to purplish with stems 6-10 dm tall. Leaves are opposite, or sub-opposite, spreading, narrowly linear, acute, entire, with stems 2-3 cm long. Seeds are 0.5-0.7 mm long and broadly triangular to quadrangular.[3] Cotyledons are orbicular to orbicular-ovate and 0.8-1.3 mm wide and long.[4] Seeds have a striate-tuberculate radial wall.[5]


This species is found from Texas, eastward to Florida and Georgia.[1][3]



A. pulchella is found in pine savannas and sandhills of the southeastern United States.[2] It has also been described as occurring in dry open sandy longleaf-pinelands on the southeastern coastal plain.[3] It has also been observed in clearcut areas in a soil disturbed sand ridge. [6]


In North America, this species flowers in September and fruits in October.[6][3]

Herbivory and toxicology

Members of the Agalinis genus host larvae of the common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) in Florida.[7]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA NRCS (2016) The PLANTS Database (, 26 January 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley AS (2015) Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Pennell FW (1929) Agalinis and allies in North America: II. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 81:111-249.
  4. Canne JM (1983) The taxonomic significance of seedling morphology in Agalinis (Scrophulariaceae). Canadian Journal of Botany 61:1868-1874.
  5. Canne JM (1979) A light and scanning electron microscope study of seed morphology in Agalinis (Scrophulariaceae) and its taxonomic significance. Systematic Botany 4(4):281-296.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: March 2019. Collectors: R. K. Godfrey and Roy Komarek. States and counties: Florida: Liberty. Georgia: Thomas.
  7. Observation by Roger Hammer in Silver Springs State Park, Marion County, FL. September 2016, posted to Florida Flora and Ecosystematics Facebook Group August 4, 2017.