Small Toadflax - Chaenorhinum minus


    Slender low to short glandular hairy plant. Stems erect, branched. Leaves linear to lanceolate, blunt, untoothed, and alternate. Flowers lilac, with a yellow patch in the lower lip, spurred, 6 to 9 mm long, solitary on slender stalks at the base of the upper leaves, the moth of the corolla open.

    Identification difficulty

    Arable land, disturbed and waste ground, railway ballast.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    This plant is fairly frequent in England, Wales and southern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, nearly always in railway ballast. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 173 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map