Alias: Blue Toadflax
Growing in a sunny wildflower field on our acre. These flowers can be either blue or violet in color, although all the ones I’ve seen here have been lavender-colored as shown here.
The flowers don’t just provide a beautiful accent to other wildflowers and wild grasses on the property, but also emit a gentle, lovely fragrance.
This is what young Texas Toadflax plants look like early in their growing season (late winter) before blooming. They are the ones which are thin, tall, and light green with narrow leaves all along the stalk.
Well into the blooming stage. This plant attracts bees, flies, moths, butterflies and birds. The leaves are devoured ravenously by the caterpillar of the Common Buckeye butterfly.
The size of the flowers and buds relative to my thumb and forefinger.
The stalk once it has gone to seed.
Native to southern states in the U.S., now naturalized in most states except New England, some northern mid-western states, Idaho and Nevada. Also naturalized in parts of Canada.
Moist soil in open woods, prairies, old fields, pastures, meadows and grassy pinelands. Or dry sandy soils.
Has been used medicinally as an anti-hemorrhoidal, laxative and diuretic. Great caution is advised.
- Also called Blue Toadflax. It used to be classified as Linaria canadensis var. texana under the Figwort Family, but has since been re-classified as Nuttallanthus texanus in the Snapdragon Family.
- Some gardeners like to add this plant to their woodland or naturalistic gardens.
More Photos and Information At:
- North American Butterfly Association
- Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Dave’s Garden (for gardeners)