Aureolaria virginica (syn. Gerardia virginica) - Yellow false foxglove
Family Plantaginaceae (Orobanchaceae by some)
About ten species of Aureolaria
are native to eastern North America.
Information is not consistent from one reference to another but it appears that
this species is native from Ontario to
northern Mexico, as far west
as Texas. It
is reported that these plants are partially parasitic on oak roots, and
possibly blueberry relatives (family Ericaceae.) This “bushy” little herb flowers
heavily with bright yellow flowers. Flowers are about a half inch across and
are produced in winter and spring.
See this plant in dry, natural pinelands of campus.
Herbaceous plant to about twelve inches tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: drought tolerant
This attractive wildflower is not available in local nurseries. It should be encouraged where it grows naturally but may be difficult to cultivate.