ID for lavender plant, grows in southern Colorado

Asked January 31, 2014, 5:01 PM EST

I have been researching everything I can search; but not having any luck. The plant is approximately 6 to 8 inches tall, grow in clay to sandy soils in a juniper saturated area. I am enclosing two pictures. Does anyone know what this plant is?

Pueblo County Colorado

1 Response

Not the best photos for a full I.d., but it looks like one of the Agalinis (false Foxglove) Most likely Agalinis tenuifolia or Agalinis purpurea. Do an image search to see which one fits your sample. They are lovely native wildflowers for most of the U.S. Hard to see inside the flower throat, but it might also be one of the Pentstemons, Beard tongue. If the petals are fused to the lip of the cup, that is more likely. Note that Pentstemon is Foxglove and Agalinis is False Foxglove as common names. They look very similar.