Etymology: Agalinis: "remarkable flax" in botanical Latin.
Plants: erect, annual, 6"-18" tall forb, dark green, blackish when dry, branches erect; stems smooth and 4 -angled; partially parasitic
Leaves: largest to 1/8" wide, opposite
Flowers: purple to pink, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, hairy inside, upper lobes spreading backward, 4 stamens with the lower ones longer, sepal lobes from 40\% to as long as the tube; inflorescence of a few to many flowers from the leaf axils on stalks less than 1/4" long; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: roundish, up to 1/4" long capsule with dark seeds
Habitat: sun; moist; bogs, shores, barrens; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native