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Linaria purpurea (Purple toadflax)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Linaria purpurea

Other names

Purple toadflax

Genus

Linaria Linaria

Species

L. purpurea - L. purpurea is a herbaceous perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves arranged in dense whorls. It has spires of tiny, snapdragon shaped, purple flowers that are borne on tall stems in summer.


Linaria purpurea is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.

Flower

Pale-purple, Violet, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Linaria purpurea (Purple toadflax) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, moderately fertile, sandy soil in sun. Does not tolerate shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Linaria purpurea

Other names

Purple toadflax

Genus

Linaria Linaria

Species

L. purpurea - L. purpurea is a herbaceous perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves arranged in dense whorls. It has spires of tiny, snapdragon shaped, purple flowers that are borne on tall stems in summer.

Native to

Italy

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Pale-purple, Violet, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Linaria purpurea (Purple toadflax) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, moderately fertile, sandy soil in sun. Does not tolerate shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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