Purple Toadflax - Linaria purpurea


    Medium height, tufted, hairless plant, stems erect to ascending, often branched above. Leaves linear, numerous, the lower whorled. Flowers purple or purplish violet 9 to 12 mm, in long, rather dense tapered racemes, the spur 5 mm long and curved.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste places, disturbed ground and cultivated land.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Locally naturalised, mainly in England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 88 of the 617 tetrads.

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