Linaria maroccana

Linaria maroccana is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common names Moroccan toadflax and annual toadflax.[1] It is native to Morocco,[2][3] but it can be found elsewhere growing wild as an introduced species, such as California.[4] It is a readily available ornamental plant for the flower garden.[3] This is an annual herb growing erect to approach a maximum height of 50 cm (20 in), its stem with linear leaves 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) long. The inflorescence is a raceme of flowers occupying the top of the stem. At the base of each flower is a calyx with five narrow, pointed lobes. The flower is 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) long with five lobes arranged into two lips with a spur at the end. The flower is often purple in color with white near the throat, but flowers of many different colors are bred for the garden. Dwarf cultivars are also available.[3]

Linaria maroccana
Linaria maroccana cv2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Linaria
L. maroccana
Binomial name
Linaria maroccana

The cultivar group Fairy Bouquet has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[5][6]


  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Linaria maroccana". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Kemper Garden Center
  4. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  5. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Linaria maroccana Fairy Bouquet Group". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 60. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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