Etymology: Agalinis: "remarkable flax" in botanical Latin.
Plants: erect, annual, 8"-20" tall forb, yellowish-green, pale when dry; few, stiff, erect branches; stems strongly angled or with 4 narrow wings, partially parasitic
Leaves: few, small, narrow, opposite, yellowish-green
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" long, throat with purple-spots and 2 yellow lines, 4 stamens with the lower ones longer; inflorescence a cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers from the leaf axils on the main stem; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: roundish, up to 1/5" long capsule with yellow-brown seeds
Habitat: dry; prairies, open woods, barrens; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Endangered
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos