Linaria color mix (Toadflax) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they are very tiny and require careful handling. A bit of chilling may give the highest germination rate: Surface-sow in a pot in winter to early spring and set it outdoors, so the seeds can germinate when conditions are right for them. It is also possible that they could germinate if you start them indoors under lights from late winter to late spring, or in a pot outdoors in late spring to midsummer. If no seedlings appear within 3 weeks or so, though, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

The last time I grew this mix, I started some of the seeds in a milk jug and set it outdoors on January 7, and seedlings began to appear on March 19. I also sowed some indoors under lights on March 6, and they began germinating on March 11. Your experience is likely to vary. It’s very possible that the plants will flower their first year from an early sowing.

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The individual flowers of toadflax are tiny but intricately formed, inviting close inspection in the garden, in a container, or in an arrangement.  They generally begin in late spring to early summer and can continue to late summer or early fall. (If your plants stop flowering in midsummer, consider trimming them back by about half to encourage a flush of new growth and likely rebloom toward the end of the growing season.)

I originally acquired seeds of a strain called ‘Plummy’, which was supposed to have purple flowers: the resulting plants, however, produced a range of colors, including pinks, purples, pale yellows, and white. All of them had gray-green or blue-green leaves, of varying widths, on 2- to 3-foot-tall stems. To be honest, I didn’t mind that I didn’t get just the purple I was expecting, because the color mix was even more interesting and provided more options as cut flowers. (Please be aware that I can’t guarantee what colors your seedlings will produce, but pinks and purples are most likely). I was also thrilled to see that the blooms were always filled with a variety of bees and other pollinators. If you have some space to fill in a border, along a path, or in a cottage or cutting garden, this toadflax mix could be a great choice. As with other perennial toadflax, individual plants may be short-lived, but you can always have some around if you allow a few stems to ripen their seeds at some point during the summer or fall. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 5 or 6 to 9.

Harvested in early July 2023. At least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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