Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Earleaf False Foxglove
Agalinis auriculata
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S1

Barrens, prairies.

Species Description:
Hemiparasitic annual forb.

Flowering Period: Early August to late August.
Fruiting Period: Early September to mid September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Flowers distinctive in being axillary but otherwise similar to agalinis(pink with lobes longer than the tube); leaves are sessile and at least some have basal lobes and are entire.

Woody plant invasion must be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means. Timber removal may be beneficial . Hand removal of trees in the vicinity is needed to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:
Primarily in the Midwestern and South-central United States, with some outlying populations (or former populations). Presumed extirpated in Michigan and New Jersey. Historical in West Virginia. In Texas, it is known only from a late 19th century specimen and there is some uncertainty about its nativity (Pennell 1921 cited by Poole et al. 2007).

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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