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Prairie agalinis

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The same September 28th outing in northeast Austin that provided you yesterday’s picture of an aster now brings you this photograph showing the flower and bud of Agalinis heterophylla, a species known as prairie agalinis or prairie false foxglove, which has been blooming abundantly in Austin for the past month. (Just over a year ago you had a view of a dense group of these flowers.)

The tan halo around today’s prairie agalinis is from the seed head remains of a horsemint, Monarda citriodora. (This spring you saw fresh horsemints en masse in posts on May 23 and May 24, and individually on June 6.)

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 9, 2012 at 6:15 AM

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  1. The fringing on the edges of the petals add to its delicate look. Lovely, Steve!
    ~Lynda

    pixilated2

    October 9, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    • Yes, I’m fond of those little hairs on the fringe, too. Aside from their decorative appeal, I wonder if they serve a purpose.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

  2. Fantastically dramatic portrait of a static flower! I love it!

    Kyle

    October 9, 2012 at 7:17 AM

  3. I love the way the blur in the background surrounds the flower, it adds a whole ‘nother layer to this picture for me.

    Journey Photographic

    October 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

  4. Great photo and well planned, tiny little beastie, good work, MJ

    mjspringett

    October 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

  5. Is that tiny, spotted, button-like thing next to the flower coming or going? I’m assuming it might be a seed? If so, it’s amazingly colorful.

    shoreacres

    October 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    • It’s a bud getting ready to open. Notice how the spots on it foreshadow the spots in the throat of the open flower.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

  6. I’m pretty certain I had foxglove growing in my garden at my old house.. this would be a relative of this one??

    • From what I can tell, the “official” or original foxglove was Digitalis, a European genus whose flowers look generally like those of prairie agalinis, which is in the family Scrophulariaceae. According to what I’ve quickly read online, Digitalis was formerly classified in Scrophulariaceae but has been moved to Plantaginaceae based on recent genetic findings.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

  7. just beautiful, i followed your link back to auspicious and came here by mistake and am glad I did. i love your flowers..

    ceciliag

    October 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    • I’m glad you like them. I’ve been putting more energy into nature photography than into etymology, though both fascinate me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

  8. That’s a real beauty!

    montucky

    October 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

  9. […] background are dried seed heads of sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, and the little bits of pink are flowers of prairie agalinis, Agalinis heterophylla. I was taken with this scene because of its visual density and its mix of […]

  10. […] The search engine figured out that the person meant prairie agalinis. […]

  11. […] of the Scrophulariaceae, or figwort family, that you’ve seen here include Texas toadflax, prairie agalinis, cenizo, and—perhaps best known of all—Indian […]

  12. […] This October 7th view is once again from Andrews Crossing at Windy Hills Rd. in Kyle, a fast-growing suburb south of Austin. The little pink flowers in the background are prairie agalinis. […]


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