Common Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Grassy habitats and waste ground, road verges and embankments.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map