Purple toadflax: Linaria purpurea

This frost-hardy, herbaceous perennial grows up to 100 cm (39 in) high and is a member of the Scrophulariaceae family. Its mid-green leaves up to 6 cm long are arranged in a whorl at the base and alternately higher up the stem. The racemes of pink-violet flowers are produced from mid to late summer.

There are many varieties of the species that come in a wide range of colours. For instance, the tall-growing variety ‘Canon Went’ has pale pink flowers while ‘Springside White’ has white flowers. In order to flower prolifically Linaria needs fertile, well-drained soil and a position in full sun. It needs very little water. It is propagated from seed or cuttings in early spring and it also self-seeds very easily. The plant is prone to mildew and attacks by aphids but is otherwise resistant.

19. August 2017 by admin
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