Page author: David Giblin
Linaria purpurea
purple toadflax
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced as an ornamental, occasionally escaping west of the Cascades in Washington.

Habitat: Bare and disturbed ground.

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Introduced from Mediterranean

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, glaucous perennial, the stem usually unbranched, 3-6 dm. tall.


Leaves numerous, entire, linear, opposite below and alternate above.


Inflorescence an elongate raceme; calyx 5-lobed to the base; corolla bright violet, 7-10 mm. long not including the long, down-curved spur, bi-labiate; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Linaria purpurea (L.) Mill.
Publication: Gard. Dict. (ed. 8) Linaria no. 5. 1768.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Linaria purpurea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Linaria purpurea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Linaria purpurea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Linaria purpurea photos.

USDA Plants: Linaria purpurea information.

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