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Family: PlantaginaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: YellowLeaf Colour: Blue/grey/silverFoliage: DeciduousPosition: SunSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 15cm to 30cm (6" to 12")Peat Free? Not yetHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20°CPot Size: 9cm
An intriguing and beautiful abberant form of a British native. Willowy stems of grey foliage and lemon yellow flowers in summer. Instead of the normal toadflax flower this has a rounded tube with 5 spurs. Drained soil in sun, 30cm, spreading.
Peloria is a phenomenon that occurs occasionally in several different plants (common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea is one) but this form of the common toadflax, Linaria vulgaris is particulalrly attractive as a garden plant and has the advantage of being easy to keep going. The normal flower shape is converted to the radially symmetrical effect seen presumably by a genetic mutation - it is stable when divided and rarely, if ever, produces viable seed.
As with the native form, Linaria vulgaris f. peloria is easy to please in any ordinary soil that isn't too damp. It'll do best in full sun and the more shade it gets the more floppy and the less flowers it produces! Typically only 15cm-20cm tall if you feed and water it it can get taller especially if it has any competition.
Originally described by one of Linnaeus' students in Sweden in 1742.
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