Toad flax might not be the star of the show in any garden but it adds a lot of charm even growing in lean dry soil.  True, it is a rambunctious plant and will need some contraints on its spread but it sports its pretty yellow snap-dragon like flowers in dense spikes for about a month in mid to late summer and attracts butterflies, bees, and other insects.  In addition it has a history of being a source of dye in colonial times and a medicinal herb then and now.  Other names for the plant are butter and eggs, and wild snapdragon, but toad flax is perfect for a zoo garden and a good addition to a pasture, meadow, wildlife, butterfly or children’s garden.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Height: 1-2′

Bloom Color: Pale yellow with bright orange bearded throat

Bloom Time: Mid summer into fall

Light: Full sun

Soil: Average to lean, medium moist to dry, well-drained

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

By Karen