Butter and Eggs (Toadflax)


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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide

Butter and Eggs Toadflax
Butter and Eggs
(Linaria vulgaria)
a.k.a. common toadflax
Butter and Eggs is a member of the figwort family and is a perennial herb that grows from rhizomes. Despite it's delicious name, Butter and Eggs has an offensive odour and can reach from 20-80 cm. in height.

LEAVES:
- Butter and Eggs leaves are numerous and narrow
- 2-10 cm. in length
- alternate on the stem
- do not have a stalk
FLOWERS:
- Butter and Eggs is unique and easily distinguishable
- the yellow flowers are a butter colour while the central orange 'nose' resembles the orange of an egg yolk
- have two 'lips' and a spur; the top 'lip' is two-lobed while the bottom is three-lobed and shaped like a pouch
- found along the upper half of the stalk
FRUIT:
- cylindrical capsules
- producing many winged seeds
HABITAT:
- Butter and Eggs is common along roadsides and fields at lower elevations throughout the southern part of the province and into the interior
FASCINATING FACTS:
- Butter and Eggs (Toadflax) was introduced from Europe but has spread rapidly in low elevations throughout much of North America
- there are also blue and purple toadflax evident throughout the area.

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