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False Foxglove

False Foxglove

False Foxglove

The Slender False Foxglove (scientific name Agalinis tenuifolia) is a beautiful wildflower that can be found in the prairie area on the Eastern point behind the BlueH eron Lagoon. It is a wiry looking branched plant that grows about 20 inches tall. It has very narrow leaves that are about 3 inches long. Each of the dainty light-pink to colored flowers, with darker purple spots on the inside, resemble the single funnel shaped Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea) blossoms that you might have in your garden. Each flower only blooms for one day, but there are enough blossoms that you will see them blooming from August up to October each year. This is an annual flower that reproduces each year by producing rounded fruit capsules that split open to disperse many seeds.

Slender False Foxglove has narrow, needle-like leaves. In late summer, the plant sets out white buds which look like floating pearls. These open to reveal an interesting, magenta flower that stands out from other False Foxgloves: 2 petals curl over each other, forming a hood while the 3 lower petals flare out and curve away from the central tunnel. The bright pink color fades to fuchsia speckles and cream further down the floral trumpet. The airy, ethereal foliage gains presence as the season progresses, darkening to a rich maroon that makes a striking additon to the fall landscape. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)

 

 

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