Hardiness: 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: Pink Purple
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: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loves well-drained soil in full sun.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Errington, Clayton, California Fallbrook, California Hydesville, California Richmond, California San Leandro, California Mount Prospect, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Hebron, Kentucky Crofton, Maryland Marblehead, Massachusetts Swampscott, Massachusetts Webberville, Michigan Piedmont, Missouri Columbus, Ohio New Miami, Ohio Pickerington, Ohio Sherwood, Oregon Desoto, Texas West Valley City, Utah Anacortes, Washington Bell Hill, Washington Clearlake, Washington Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington Port Townsend, Washington Seattle, Washington