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-drainedand a position in full sun. It needs very little water. It is propagated from seed or in early spring and it also self-seeds very easily. The plant is prone to mildew and attacks by aphids but is otherwise resistant.