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Common Name: TOADFLAX
Scientific Name: Linaria vulgaris

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Linaria vulgaris
Linaria vulgaris
Linaria vulgaris


  • Perennial
  • Highly ornamental.
  • Slender upright perennial with linear leaves, yellow snapdragon-like flowers marked orange at the mouth and with a long spur.
  • Flowers summer to autumn.
  • Hardy.
  • Full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • None

Parts Used

  • Aerial parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Astringent, hepatic and detergent - cleanses toxins from the tissue.
  • Powerful qualities as a purgative, diuretic, enteritis, gall bladder complaints, edema - recommended in jaundice and scrofula (kliertuberkulose).
  • For use only by qualified practitioners - dosage is critical.
  • Externally:
  • Skin diseases.
  • Poultice to hemorrhoids.
  • Cooling ointment - chop the whole herb and boil it in lard till soft, and strain.
  • The result is a fine green ointment for piles, sores, malignant ulcers and skin eruptions.

Other Uses

  • Used in the Middle Ages for laundry starch.
  • In Sweden - excellent fly poison when boiled in milk.
  • Stand the infusion about where flies are troublesome.
  • The flowers yield dyes.
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