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Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

purple toadflax 'Canon Went'

Family

Plantaginaceae


Linaria can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennials, with simple leaves and terminal racemes of 2-lipped flowers with conspicuous spurs

'Canon Went' is an erect perennial of slender habit, with linear leaves and long racemes of pale pink flowers in summer and autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, light, well-drained soil; sandy soil is ideal. Full sun essential

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in early spring; self-seeds true if isolated from other forms of the species. Propagate by division or softwood cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

After flowering, plants can be cut back to prevent self-seeding

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildews