September 22, 2017

Rather Seedy

Linaria vulgaris - butter-and-eggs or common toadflax | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Linaria vulgaris – butter-and-eggs or common toadflax | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Linaria vulgaris has the ability to produce up to 30,000 seeds from one plant annually. Not surprisingly, this non-native perennial of the plaintain family is considered invasive in many parts of the United States. Known as butter-and-eggs or common toadflax, the orange and yellow flowers are similar to those of snapdragons, the blooms likened to the face of a dragon with a mouth that opens and closes when squeezed and released. Like many invasive species, L. vulgaris can be hard to eradicate once it is established. The plant is widely variable in height, reaching upwards of 3 feet in some conditions, and blooming from summer into fall.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.

In 2012, Glen began working to catalog the plants of Baxter State Park, which you can read about here and find out how to sponsor a plant of your own. Courtesy of a poll taken in 2012, Garden Maine is sponsoring this lovely plant.