Linaria purpurea

You can’t get any easier to grow than Linaria purpurea. Slender spikes of tiny violet-blue snapdragon-like flowers over narrow, whorled, blue-grey leaves light up many an old garden. Blooms all Summer in full sun or part shade. Fairly drought tolerant once established & it reseeds! To 3’ high & 1’ wide, it looks good in groupings. Native to southeastern Europe.

Details

Purple Toadflax, Perennial Toadflax, Linaria purpurea

Family: Plantaginaceae

Genus: Linaria (lin-AR-ee-uh) (Info)

Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)

Cultivar: ?

 

 

Category:

Perennials

 

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

 

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

 

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

 

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

 

Danger:

N/A

 

Bloom Color:

Pink

Purple

 

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

 

Foliage:

Herbaceous

 

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

 

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

 

Patent Information:

Non-patented

 

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

 

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

 

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