Nuttallanthus texanus (Scheele) D.A. Sutton - Texas Toadflax
Family - Scrophulariaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, fallow fields, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found in scattered counties throughout Alabama. The plant is probably more common than is reported. N. texanus can be identified by its thin green stems and distinctive blue flowers. The flowers have a long basal spur that is much longer than the calyx and typically equal to or longer than the pedicel of the flower. Another species, N. canadensis (L.) D.A. Sutton, is more common in Alabama. This latter species has smaller flowers which have smaller spurs.
Photographs taken at Tuskeegee National Forest, AL., 3-26-05.