4th August 2016

Yellow Toadflax– here’s an easily recognisable, common wild flower out over summer. Like a small ‘Snapdragon’, but with long spurs to the flowers, this plant of waste ground, meadows, verges and railway tracks has leaves enjoyed by some species of moth and nectar by Bumblebees (it has to be a  heavy, long-tongued insect to open the lip and reach inside the flower tube) and some Butterflies, so is also useful in the wildlife garden- though it does spread. It has been used as a yellow dye and in a lotion for insect bites- in parts of rural Sweden an infusion is still made with boiled milk and left around in saucers as a fly-killer. Conditions: Cloudy with some sun. Temperature: Max 18- Min 11C.

Yellow Toadflax

Yellow Toadflax

Buds of Yellow Toadflax, showing the long spurs

Buds of Yellow Toadflax, showing the long spurs

A single flower of Yellow Toadflax- showing why a common name is Butter and Eggs

A single flower of Yellow Toadflax- colours give rise to a common name of Butter and Eggs

Yellow Toadflax

Yellow Toadflax

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