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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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