False Foxglove - Large False Gerardia
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) Family
Plant is an upright, slightly hairy annual. Preferred habitat is woodland edges, roadsides, savannas and prairies. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite, consisting of one whole part, no leaf stalk, linear to very narrowly lance-like, almost linear.
Flowers are in a raceme that appears panicle-like. Calyx is lobed, having two lips; upper lip is two-lobed and lower lip is three-lobed, white (usually purple) Flower throat is also white and dotted with pale purple; four stamens. Flowers occur in the autumn.
Fruit is a capsule.
While there does exist an albino variety of this plant it is not known in this part of the country. The white color seen here is not unusual as those plants that normally flower in blue or purple are prone to occasionally produce a white mutation - this false foxglove is no exception.