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Common Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Veronicaceae (Speedwell)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Yellow flower spikes. Each flower being up to 3.5cm across and having an orange bulge and long spur.
Fruit:
Long, roundish capsule. The seed is winged.
Leaves:
Stalkless, linear, alternate, sharp-tipped leaves.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible and the young shoots can be eaten cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Foul-smelling.
Other Names:
Bread and Butter, Bread and Cheese, Brideweed, Bunny Mouth's, Butter-and-eggs, Buttered Haycocks, Calve's Snout, Churnstaff, Common Linaria, Continental Flower, Dead Man's Bones, Devil's Flax, Devil's Flower, Devil's Head, Devil's Ribbon, Doggies, Dragon Brushes, Eggs-and-bacon, Eggs-and-collops, Flaxweed, Fluellin, Gallwort, Impudent Lawyer, Jacob's Ladder, Larkspur, Lion's Mouth, Monkey Flower, Patten and Clogs, Pedlar's Basket, Pennywort, Pig's Chops, Rabbit Flower, Rabbit Flower, Rabbits, Ramstead, Ranstead, Spurred Snapdragon, Squeeze Jaw, Toad, Toadpipe, Weasel-snout, Wild Flax, Wild Snapdragon, Wild Tobacco, Yellow Rod, Yellow Toadflax.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, rocks, seaside, wasteland.