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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Favorite Alien

A busy day today. Maggie and I took a short walk through the cemetery where it was less wet. Although it didn't rain, it didn't dry out from yesterday, either. I'm bringing you a plant that always makes me smile.

It's alien- as in, not native to North America- but it has spread so completely from its European and Asian heritage, that it is found just about everywhere.

It is the common toadflax, Linaria vulgaris, usually known by the more descriptive name of butter-and-eggs.

butter and eggs

The leaves are very narrow and "messy," but it fills in a space nicely. I'd put it in a garden, I like it so much. Hey, maybe I should!

butter and eggs

The sunny colors have made this plant a favorite of mine since I was a child.

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rainfield61 said...

I like butter and egg since I was a child too.

Secondary Roads said...

It has a happy look. Makes me feel that way too.

betchai said...

a lot of the alien wildflowers are beautiful too, sometimes i think our soil have befriended them already for their beauty? anyway, beautiful shots Sharkbytes.

spinninglovelydays said...

I do so prefer the common names at times. Butter-and-eggs sounds so yummy while toadflax sounds like it might have warts, hee. Hope you're well, Sharkbytes! :)

Ann said...

at first when I looked at the picture I thought they were daffodils. butter and eggs on a stem. how about that :)

jeanlivingsimple said...

I have never seen this flower...but I can understand why you like it.

Loretta said...

Love the bright yellow...would love some of these for my patio garden. Wonder if it would be happy here in the south...

Sharkbytes said...

rainfield- so it really does grow all over the world!

Chuck- It does look happy. Not sure what makes us fell that way, but some flowers just seem to create certain emotions in people.

betchai- This alien has become so naturalized that it's just a part of our landscape now.

Ivy- warts! I love it. Yes, toadflax is a terrible name, and it is the overall label for a whole group of beautiful plants.

Ann- yummy for breakfast for the soul!

Jean- look in the ditches and empty fields. I bet you have it there.

Loretta- I think it would grow there. I'm seriously going to move some to my flower beds... may not be great. Often, these weeds won't "bunch up" and make a nice display, but I think it's worth a try since I can't seem to keep too many cultivated plants happy in my sand.

RNSANE said...

Oh, it's quite pretty...is it considered a pest as is the lupine now in California? I love seeing the brilliant yellow lupine blooming on CA roadsides!

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