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PlantFiles: Purple Toadflax, Perennial Toadflax
Linaria purpurea 'Canon J. Went'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Linaria (lin-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Canon J. Went

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive adlumiafungosum On Jul 14, 2009, adlumiafungosum from Swampscott, MA wrote:

I started this from seed about 7 years ago, and it has wandered around the garden ever since. This acts as a short-lived perennial for me, but self-sows just the right amount. It is a lovely airy soft pink (not magenta), and not at all invasive. Makes a nice addition to bouquets. Grows in the sunny spaces between rocks. It's a favorite.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Canon J. Went' has spikes of tiny, baby-pink flowers that open up when you pinch them, just like snapdragons. It blooms the first year from seed, if started early indoors.

Neutral KDePetrillo On Oct 14, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this from seed, and was very disappointed at how small the flowers were (I was under the impression the flowers were about the size of a small gladiolus flower). The color is a nice, soft pink -- and the plant has attractive foliage. I haven't had any problem with it spreading uncontrollably.

- Kathleen (Zone 6 - Rhode Island)

Positive Kim_M On Oct 11, 2004, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have the pink flowered Canon Went. This is a VERY nice looking plant. The pictures don't do justice.

Positive Ladyfern On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The individual flowers are tiny, but the effect as a whole is a lovely pink cloud. Excellent cut flowers. The butterflies like it. Easy from seed. Actually blooms a little bit the first year!

Positive jkom51 On Nov 18, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Don't know exact species on purple flwr linaria but foliage is intensely blue-green, even lovelier than common rue. Contrasts beautifully with variegated miscanthus and larkspurs. Does tend to flop as it ages, light staking would probably help but notice new stems/leaves are appearing from center as of Nov 2002 (zone 9 coastal Nor.Cal). Next year will try to plant a few more, flwrs are pretty but absolutely loved the foliage color.

Neutral Baa On Aug 19, 2002, Baa wrote:

A perennial from Southern Europe but has become widely naturalised.

Has linear, grey-mid green leaves which change from being whorled to alternate as they go up the stem. Bears 2 lipped, pink flowers which have a curved spur at the back.

Flowers June-Spetember

Loves well-drained soil in full sun.

Self-sows freely!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clayton, California
Fallbrook, California
Hydesville, California
Richmond, California
San Leandro, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Crofton, Maryland
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Swampscott, Massachusetts
Webberville, Michigan
Piedmont, Missouri
Exeter, New Hampshire
Columbus, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Pickerington, Ohio
Sherwood, Oregon
Walterville, Oregon
Desoto, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Anacortes, Washington
Clearlake, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Port Townsend, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Sequim, Washington

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