Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #62 Yellow Toadflax

Bright and beautiful, a blaze of colour in the summer, Yellow Toadflax is another wild plant that’s good enough to have in any garden, especially liking dry locations like this bank in the Hills and Hollows. They look very like the popular garden flower called Snapdragon.

Bradlaugh Fields - Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris

The shape of the flowers, also resembles the Deadnettles or Yellow Rattle and suggests the relationship with that group of plants. Only quite strong insects with long tongues can prise open the flowers to reach the nectar within. If you are fortunate you may even observe a pretty moth, called the Toadflax Pug which feeds on the plant as a caterpillar and can be found in Northamptonshire.

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