Anyone know what this is?

Does anyone know what this is... It sprouts up all over my garden and Iove it! As do the bees! 



(The purple stuff not the yellow thing or winter box at the back!)



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,271

    Linaria purpurea. Do you have the pink form as well or ust the purple sort.?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    But I can't ID the yellow thing Staceyimage

  • Fidget funny you should say that my mum had a pink one and I snaffled the seeds but up till now no just the purple... I love it! nut the yellow thing is a climber known as childus slider amuzmentus !!!!image 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    oh dear, I am very worried about your outbreak of 'childus slider', does it come complete with childus?

  • Thanks for this, I've got a purple one but had no idea what it was. I love it as it flowers for months. Anyone know how you propogate it? I'd like more to spread around the garden.








  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    it seeds around without any help from me

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,095

    Yes leave it and it will do the job for you. You can then transplant to where you want it.

  • Yikes ! don't try and propagate it! - you'll never get rid of it !

    No really, Linaria purpurea or purple toadflax it is a lovely addition to the cottage garden.

    I have the blue, white and pink forms - as nutcutlet rightly says they self seed very readily and you'll notice the pinky-grey new stems coming up in the spring like little bottle brushes.

    If you really want more, gather the seeds in autumn, they look like buff coloured pepper corns and just scatter them where you want them. S'pose you could rake them in - I don't bother.

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,600

    Thanks Green Beanz , I had'nt realised there was a blue and a white , do these grow as tall as the purple and pink ?

    Now I know what its called I'm going to look through the seed  pages for blue and white !

    The pink and purple are lovely mixed together  so WOW!!  I'm on to it !

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