Craving butter-and-eggs

bluevioletsJune 7, 2012

How does one get butter-and-eggs plants to grow? I saw some along the roadside and pulled them up & tried planting them at home. No luck.

I know some consider them weeds and/or undesirable, but would really like some to grow in a neglected part of our yard.


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Love them also. Found a small group on side of road in almost pure sand in shade.
Placed one in front garden last year in decent soil with lots of sun.
They came up this year - I do water regularly and this one plant is quite healthy and is sending out small plantlets from underground roots?
I'm zone 5B (worcester hills in massachusetts)

good luck

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 6:56PM
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Carrie B

Not native to the US, btw. Just mentioning it since you posted to the "Native Plant" forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Linaria vulgaris

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 10:25PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I usually find them growing in the worst soil - hot, dry, and poor/lean here in Western NY State. You know, that road edge where you found them! From that I would guess they would prefer full sun, well-drained, and lean soil. Rich and moist garden soil does not seem to be their preference and so they may not fare well there.

And digging rather than pulling up is always better for a plant.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 9:33AM
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I agree with Morgana, that 'pulling' is not the way to go. You will have better luck to dig up a clump, keeping the soil around the roots intact, on a cool, wet day, preferably in the spring or fall. Plants dug up in the height of summer usually do not transplant very well, and undergo a fair amount of stress in the process. I have seen this plant growing well in both poor, sandy, gravelly soil and rich garden soil. It does prefer full sun but can tolerate light shade.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 7:50PM
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is this the same as dalmation toadflax? It is listed as a noxious weed in Montana, if so.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 6:41PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

No, they are not the same, but both appear to be on noxious weed lists.

Here is a link that might be useful: Toadflaxes

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 1:22PM
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