Annual Toadflax - Linaria maroccana

Description

The flowers are similar to other members of the toadflax family borne in a spike-like raceme and may be any one of a variety of colours. Leaves are linear and untoothed. Linaria maroccana has a corolla spur that is much longer than the corolla.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

Habitat

Casual plant of disturbed ground often close to habitation. It is widely grown in gardens and usually occurs as a garden escape

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Annual.

UK Status

Widespread but occasional as a wild flower in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent as a wild flower in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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