If you are fan of tasteful color schemes—pretty pinks with soothing blues and silvers, or crisp whites and rich greens—this plant is not for you. But if you adore bright, gaudy hues and in-your-face combos, you need to give ‘Spanish Dancer’ netted toadflax (Linaria reticulata) a prime spot where it can grab your attention in late spring to early summer: along a path, perhaps, or at the front of a bed or border. It also performs beautifully in a pot, planter, or windowbox. Each plant forms a bushy clump of slender stems clad in narrow green leaves and reaches 12 to 18 inches tall in bloom. The individual flowers are tiny but also traffic-stopping, with a combination of bright yellow and brilliant fuchsia to red. This is my first year growing it, so I can only speak to its spectacular show in late spring to early summer; I don’t know yet if it will rebloom if cut back (I’ve read that it can), or if it might be worth starting in summer for fall color. I was very impressed with how the plants stayed quite upright, until the developing seedheads started to pull the stems down and out. ‘Spanish Dancer’ produces lots of seed, if you let it, and I suspect it will self-sow. You may also see this seed strain sold as ‘Flamenco’. Annual. Full sun; average, well-drained soil.
Collected in mid to late June 2023. At least 40 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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