Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer and autumn
Hardiness – Hardy to fully hardy (dependent on variety)
Linaria are annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennial plants, native to Central Italy and Sicily. Lean, erect stems and bushy foliage are decorated by attractive snapdragon-like blooms that are highly appealing to both bees and butterflies. Linaria are highly attractive within flower beds and borders or as under planting for roses and shrubs. You should expect to see Linaria grow to an approximate height of 90cm (36”) and a spread of 40cm (16”).
Linaria are best planted in well-drained, sand based soil within acidic, alkaline or neutral PH levels. Dig a wide planting area, with a depth that matches the size of the root ball. You may wish to amend heavy soil with organic matter to improve drainage and overall soil conditions. Linaria are best positioned in an area of full sun although they will tolerate part shade. Once planted, apply a generous layer of leaf mulch and water deeply and thoroughly.
Water Linaria regularly, taking care not to over water the soil as this will cause detriment to the root system. Deadhead faded flower heads to stimulate healthy, new growth alongside removing old or dead foliage. You may wish to fertilise your plants during the early part of their growth – do not over fertilise as this can be detrimental to your plants.
It is possible to propagate Linaria by seed sown in pots in a cold frame during spring. Alternatively, you may wish to propagate by division or by softwood cuttings – this method should also take place during spring.
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