Linaria, Purple Toadflax, Perennial Toadflax 'Canon J. Went'

Linaria purpurea

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Urbanna, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

Clearlake, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Port Townsend, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Sequim, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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 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.


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)


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.


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!


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.


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!