Jul. 18, 2017

purple false foxglove, Agalinis purpurea

I have concluded that these flowers are false not because they aren't really foxgloves, but because they are so often not true to the names I give them. On an October trip south I found a lot of Agalinis. I have no confidence that I have correctly identified them. Their features are inconsistent within species, and overlap between species. But I just found out how to get it right every time. The discovery is not helpful. It turns out you need to examine the texture of their seed surface with an electron microscope! Oh well, let's just enjoy their flowers. Because of location and limited numbers of species in the north, I probably have this one right in any case. These inch wide flowers grow in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, KS, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, MS,NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Kitty Todd Preserve, Lucas Co OH, 8/9/13.