|Driveway garden before cutting back...|
|After cutting back its easier to see the shorter flowers|
|Two stalks of Canada Toadflax|
As I was cutting back these fall bloomers I noticed several clumps of the native Canada Toadflax (Nuttalanthus canadensis, formerly Linaria canadensis) in bloom. I have been seeing these along the highway since the beginning of June, but this is the first time I have been moving slow enough to get a good look. They usually show up in large masses and can look like a pale blue cloud while driving by.
This winter annual or biennial wildflower grows in full sun and rocky soils where they have little competition from other plants. The one in this photo was growing right on the edge of the asphalt, despite having much better soil nearby.
|Close-up of Toadflax flower|