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Yellow Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris
Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Description

Yellow Toadflax is a perennial plant with stems that grow from 20-80 cm in height and are hairless and appear to have a blueish tint to them. It is important to distinguish it from the similar, but more robust Dalmation Toadflax. If the plant is on one linear stalk with small linearly shapped leaves around the stem, it is probably Yellow Toadflax. Dalmation toadflax often has a branched stem, is taller and has leaves that are broader and clasp the stem at the base.

Interesting facts

The common name for this plant is butter and eggs, because of its yellow and orange flowers clustered around the stem.

Yellow toadflax is said to contain chemicals that stimulate the secretion of bile from the liver when levels are low. It is thus used in combination with other herbs to treat liver problems (Kershaw in Plants of the Rocky Mountains).

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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers

 

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