PURPLE TOADFLAX

Linaria purpurea

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]  
Formerly in: Figwort & Foxglove Family [Scrophulariaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8purple
morph
morph8zygo
petals
petalsZ2
type
typeZspiked
type
typeZspurred
stem
stem8round

24th June 2006, Canal Bridge, Grand Union Canal. Photo: © RWD
Grows about 3 or 4 feet tall as a mass of upright shoots with a purple spike of flowers atop.


25th June 2005, Peak Forest Canal, near Marple. Photo: © RWD
The long narrow linear leaves on all sides of the stem all the way up the stem.


13th Aug 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are bright violet or a paler violet with purple veins.


10th Oct 2005, Gardom Edge, Peak District. Photo: © RWD
The flowers have a spur at the rear that hangs downwards and is not obvious at first glance.


12th June 2007, Salford, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are typical snap-dragon patter: two ears sticking up, two bulbous middles, and three lobes pointing downwards and partly sideways, besides the rear spur. The sepals long and thin.


15th May 2008, Walkden, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The leaves on a young shoot look like they are in whirls.


Hybridises with : Pale Toadflax (Linaria repens) to produce Linaria × dominii.

Not to be confused with: Purple Loosestrife which looks vaguely similar.

The flowers of purple toadflax are about half the size of those of : Common Toadflax


  Linaria purpurea  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Plantaginaceae  

Distribution
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 BSBI maps
genus8Linaria
Linaria
(Toadflaxes)

PURPLE TOADFLAX

Linaria purpurea

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]  
Formerly in: Figwort & Foxglove Family [Scrophulariaceae]

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