Linaria maroccana Hook. f. - Moroccan Toadflax
Family - Scrophulariaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Roadsides, cultivated.
Origin - Native to North Africa (Morocco, Atlas Mountains).
Other information - This very attractive annual species is becoming a common component in wildflower seed mixes used to beautify highway medians and roadsides. The plant is also heavily cultivated and rarely escaped.
The plant can be identified by its stems, which are glabrous basally and glandular pubescent in the inflorescence, its linear leaves, and its big pinkish flowers. Flowers of cultivated plants are of many colors.
Photographs taken off Hwy 220, Randolph County, NC., 4-26-03, and at the corner of Hwys 31 & 10, near Greenville, Butler County, AL., 3-18-06.