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Agalinis purpurea [= Gerardia purpurea]

Common Agalinis, Purple Gerardia

Scientific Name:

Agalinis purpurea [= Gerardia purpurea]



Species Epithet:


Common Name:

Common Agalinis, Purple Gerardia

Plant Type


Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)


NC Native

Invasive Status:



1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple


Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, roadsides, in a wide variety of open habitats. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:


Leaf Retention:


Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:


Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Flowering in early October. Note the short (1/4 in) pedicels

Penny's Bend, Durham County, NC

The Scientific Name is Agalinis purpurea [= Gerardia purpurea]. You will likely hear them called Common Agalinis, Purple Gerardia. This picture shows the Flowering in early October. Note the short (1/4 in) pedicels of Agalinis purpurea [= Gerardia purpurea]

Bettina Darveaux


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