Page author: David Giblin
Linaria vulgaris
greater butter-and-eggs

Distribution: Widely distributed across Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Noxious weed of roadsides, wastelots, and disturbed areas.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Foul-smelling, glabrous perennial from creeping roots, the stems 2-8 dm. tall, usually unbranched.


Leaves alternate, numerous, linear, 2-10 cm. long and 1-5 mm. wide.


Inflorescence a dense raceme, becoming elongate; calyx 5-lobed to the base; corolla bright light-yellow, 2-3.5 cm. long including the well-developed, nearly straight spur, bi-labiate, the lower lip raised and covered with orange hairs; stamens 4.


Capsule broadly cylindric, 1 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Linaria vulgaris Mill.
Publication: Gard. Dict. (ed. 8) no. 1. 1768.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Linaria linaria (L.) H. Karst.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Linaria vulgaris checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Linaria vulgaris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Linaria vulgaris photos.

USDA Plants: Linaria vulgaris information.

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