LINARIA NORTHERN LIGHTS TOADFLAX GRADUATIONS OF COLOUR AND SHIMMERY FLOWERS HEIRLOOM COTTAGE GARDEN $2.10

TOADFLAX! AGES OLD “BABY SNAPDRAGONS” IN A NEW COLOUR! THE COLOUR IS NAMED AFTER THE AURORA BOREALIS – LINARIA NORTHERN LIGHTS HAVE GRADUATIONS OF COLOUR AND FLASHES OF SHIMMER THAT MAKE THEM ONE OF THE BEST GARDEN FLOWERS! THE FLOWERS ARE STUNNING – THE WAY THEY GLISTEN IN THE SUN IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS!

With miniature bird-like flowers that glisten from short spikes, Linaria is one of the best ever, cheery and colourful of all garden plants. Appropriately named, this ethereal-hued variety blooms with all the colours of the ‘Northern Lights’, a multitude of bright shades and hues including amethyst, violet and magenta.

Linaria maroccana, often called ‘Fairy Flax’ when it was introduced into gardens in 1872, is an erect, slender annual plant with small lance-shaped fleshy, emerald green leaves. The long-spurred, two-lipped, snapdragon-like flowers appear in June to September in a multitude of bright colours and reach a height of around 50 to 60cm (20 to 24in) tall with a spread of 25 to 30cm (10 to 12in).

Linaria give a truly spectacular show, bringing colour to the garden early in the season.

They work well in beds, borders, meadow or cottage gardens. They look stunning when heavily seeded in an isolated area and will happily mingle with other annuals, perennials or grasses. They can also be grown in containers, the lovely little bright coloured blooms are perfect for use as a cut flower for small bouquets in a small jug or vase and for more delicate arrangements.

All Linaria make excellent and long-lasting cut flowers, a number of annual and perennial species and varieties are grown commercially for the Florist Trade. Flowers are usually cut as the first few blooms open on each stem. Flowers will continue to open up the stem for a week or more. If the flowers remain in bright indirect light and stems are recut and the water is changed regularly, they will continue to flower ‘travelling’ up the stem sometimes lasting for several weeks as a cut flower.

The genus Linaria contains 125 species, native to the Northern Hemisphere and South America, seven of which are found in England. Linaria maroccana is native to Morocco.

The species is in the plantain family, Scrophulariaceae. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant and can be found growing wild as an introduced species. Several toadflaxes are wayside and wasteland flowers. The purple toadflax is a common stray around railway embankments and walls. The common toadflax, Linaria vulgaris, is butter-yellow with an orange centre and most closely resembles its cousin the snapdragon.

SEEDS ARE SMALL, MIX WITH FINE GRAINS OF SAND IF NEEDED TO AID DISTRIBUTION OF SEEDS.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun to part shade, in well-draining soil.

Sow
Sow direct in Autumn or early Winter, plus Spring in cooler climates. Seeds can simply be thrown directly where they are to grow and watered gently. Need light to germinate so do not bury deeply. Very easy to grow, they require no special care.

Germination
14-21 days at 15-30°C

Maturity
70 days.

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Seed Count: 100
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