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Common Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris

Bread and butter, Brideweed, Bridewort, Butter and eggs, Butter haycocks, Continental weed, Dragon bushes, Eggs and bacon, Eggs and butter, False flax, Flaxweed, Gallweed, Gallwort, Imprudent lawyer, Impudent lawyer, Jacob's ladder, Lion's mouth, North American ramsted, Rancid, Ransted, Wild flax, Wild snapdragon, Yellow rod, Yellow toadflax

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While most commonly found as a weed, toadflax is sometimes cultivated for cut flowers, which are long-lasting in the vase. Toadflax is a creeping perennial forb, with bright yellow and orange snap-dragon-like flowers. It can form dense populations, mainly through vegetative reproduction from root buds along underground rhizomes.This is responsible for the colony forming habit of the plant. It requires ample drainage, but is otherwise adaptable to a variety of conditions. In many areas it is a common naturalised weed of roadsides and poor soils. It is listed as an invasive species in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as in Guateng, South Africa.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut for the vase, they last well.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring.
Rhizomes
Divide rhizomes in spring.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees

Geography

Origin
Most of Europe, northern Asia, United Kingdom, Spain, east to eastern Siberia, western China
Natural climate
Temperate Climate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Leaves and flowers have been used to make teas and ointments. It is confirmed to have diuretic and fever-reducing properties.

Personality

Family
Plantaginaceae
Flower colour
Yellow with orange
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to aphids and powdery mildew.

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