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Butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Butter and eggs Common Names: Yellow toadflax, Jacob's ladder, Wild snapdragon

Description: Introduced to North America as an ornamental in the mid 1600s.

Habit: Perennial, herbaceous, spreading, can reach up to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall.

Leaves: Nearly sessile, drooping, linear, 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) long, sometimes be sparsely covered by long hairs, blue-green in color.

Stems: Erect to decumbent stems; 1-2 ft high.

Flowers: Yellow to white in color, snapdragon-like flowers, 0.6-1.2 in (1.5-3 cm) long and occur in racemes at the apex of the stems; 15-20 flowers per stem.

Fruit and seeds: Seed are 0.4-0.5 in (9-12 mm) long, each capsule contains small, flat seeds with a papery wing.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Found in fields, pastures, roadsides, undisturbed prairies and rangelands.

Reproduction: By seed. Easily dispersed by wind and water, and stay viable in the soil for up to 8 years.

Similar species: Oldfield toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis).

Monitoring and rapid response: Frequent mowing will weaken the plant; Spray with 2,4-D broadleaf herbicide; 2 European beetles feed on buds, flowers and seed capsules.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Invasive Plant Atlas, the USDA PLANTS Database and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

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Common Name:

Butter and eggs

Scientific Name:

Linaria vulgaris







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