Common Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris


Medium to tall tufted plant, with a creeping, rhizomatous root stock; stems numerous, erect, hairless or glandular hairy above, usually branched in the upper half. Leaves linear to narrowly elliptical, 1 veined, crowded, mostly alternate. Flowers bright to pale yellow, 25 to 33 mm, in a long dense raceme, the spur 10 to 13 mm long, straight.

Identification difficulty

Grassy habitats and waste ground, road verges and embankments.

When to see it

July to October.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent in Britain northwards as far as southern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 200 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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