Texas Toadflax

Nuttallanthus texanus
Family:  Plantaginaceae
Alias: Blue Toadflax


A Texas Toadflas (Nuttallanthus texanus), also known as Blue Toadflax or Linaria canadensis var texanus, growing in a sunny location on our acre in texas among other wildflowers

Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 7 April 2015. Click to enlarge.

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.


Texas Toadflax, Blue Toadflax, Nuttallanthus texanus, linaria canadensis var. texanus, figwort family, snapdragon family, adds not only a beautiful accent of color among other wildflowers on our acre in texas, but also a lovely fragrance

Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 28 March 2012). Click to enlarge.

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.


Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 13 March 2012. Click to enlarge>

Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 13 March 2012. Click to enlarge>

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.


also referred to as Linaria canadensis var. texanus. Said to be in the figwort family, but was later changed to be in the snapdragon family.

Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 7 April 2015. Click to enlarge.

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.


Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 14 March 2012. Click to enlarge.

Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 14 March 2012. Click to enlarge.

The size of the flowers and buds relative to my thumb and forefinger.


Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 10 April 2012. Clcik to enlarge.

Texas Toadflax (Nuttallanthus texanus). 10 April 2012. Clcik to enlarge.

The stalk once it has gone to seed.


Range

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.

Habitat

Moist soil in open woods, prairies, old fields, pastures, meadows and grassy pinelands. Or dry sandy soils.

Edible? Medicinal?

Has been used medicinally as an anti-hemorrhoidal, laxative and diuretic. Great caution is advised.

Other

  • 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.

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