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Radiola linoides

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Linaceae (Flax)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
6 centimetres tall
Grassland, heathland, sand dunes, seaside, wasteland, waterside.

White, 4 petals
The small white flowers are short-stalked and appear inside branched clusters. The 4 petals are about as long as the toothed sepals.
The fruit is a globular seed capsule.
A well-branched annual with very small, pointed oval leaves. The leaves are in opposite pairs along the stems. Greyish-green, stiff, thread-like, forked, reddish stems.
Other Names:
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

Other Information


Radiola linoides, also known as red-hot poker or torch lily, is a perennial plant that is native to South Africa. It belongs to the lily family and is known for its tall, bright red or orange flowers and long, sword-shaped leaves. Radiola linoides is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives in full sun and is often used as a border plant or in naturalized areas. It is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and climates. Radiola linoides is generally hardy and low maintenance, but it can be prone to pests such as aphids and slugs. The plant is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and to determine the safety and effectiveness of using it medicinally.


Allseed, also known as Radiola linoides, is a small annual plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes other plants such as daisies and sunflowers.

Allseed is a low-growing plant, typically reaching a height of only a few inches. It has small, yellow or white flowers that bloom in the summer and fall. The leaves are narrow and linear, and the plant has a delicate, lacy appearance.

One of the most interesting things about Allseed is that it is a nitrogen-fixing plant. This means that it is able to take nitrogen from the air and convert it into a form that can be used by other plants. This is an important process that helps to improve soil fertility and support the growth of other plants.

Allseed is also known for its medicinal properties. The plant has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions, respiratory problems, and digestive issues. In traditional medicine, the plant was often used in the form of a tea or infusion, and was also applied topically to the skin.

Despite its benefits, Allseed is not widely cultivated or used in modern agriculture. However, it is easy to grow and can be a useful addition to a home garden or a permaculture project. It is also a good choice for natural landscaping or as a cover crop.

Allseed is a hardy and adaptable plant that can grow in a variety of conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade. It is drought-tolerant, making it a good choice for dry or rocky areas.

In terms of propagation, Allseed can be grown from seed. The seeds should be sown in the spring or fall, and will germinate in about a week. Once the seedlings have established, they will continue to grow and produce flowers throughout the growing season.

Allseed can also be propagated through cuttings, which can be taken from the stems of the plant. The cuttings should be taken in the spring or fall and rooted in a soil-less medium. Once they have rooted, they can be transplanted into the garden or a larger container.

In terms of care, Allseed requires very little maintenance. It should be watered regularly during dry periods, but is otherwise drought-tolerant. It does not require fertilization, but can benefit from a top-dressing of organic matter.

Allseed can be used in a variety of ways in the garden. It can be planted as a ground cover, used as an edging plant, or included in a mixed border. It can also be used in rock gardens or as a cover crop. It is also a valuable addition to a permaculture project, as its nitrogen-fixing abilities can help to improve soil fertility and support the growth of other plants.

Another great feature of Allseed is its ornamental value. The small, yellow or white flowers of the plant are quite attractive, and they can add a touch of color to any garden. The delicate, lacy leaves of the plant also contribute to its ornamental value.

In addition to its ornamental value, Allseed is also a great plant for wildlife. The flowers of the plant are an important source of nectar for bees and other pollinators. Birds and other small animals also enjoy the seeds of the plant.

Allseed is also a great plant for people who are interested in sustainable living. As it is a nitrogen-fixing plant, it can help to improve soil fertility without the need for chemical fertilizers. It can also be used as a cover crop to help control erosion and improve soil health.

While Allseed is not commonly cultivated, it can be found in some wildflower seed mixes, and can be easily obtained from seed companies. It's an easy plant to grow and maintain, it’s hardy, and it can be a great addition to any garden.

In conclusion, Allseed is a valuable plant that should be considered by any gardener or farmer. Its nitrogen-fixing abilities, medicinal properties, ornamental value, and its benefits for wildlife, make it a great addition to any ecosystem. It's easy to grow and maintain, and can be a valuable addition to any sustainable living project.

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