My False Foxglove


    False Foxglove blossomMy False Foxglove

    Plant ID Guide to Reflection Riding of the Chattanooga Nature Center identified Purple Gerardia which is prevalent on Thrash land in MS. This flowering hemiparasitic annual No.740 in the Guide under pink-red flowers came back this year in abundance after skipping last year. Interesting environment here with Sassafras and Doveweed in the foreground and Goldenrod fronting Pines in the background. Notice a small bumblebee in lower left foxglove type flower, thus the common name, False Foxglove. The nomenclature for Gerardia has changed to Agalinis purpurea in the family, Orobanchaceae.