Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'

Perpetually busy with butterflies and bees, this is a nectar Mecca all summer. More
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Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went' is perpetually busy with butterflies and bees, this is a nectar Mecca all summer. A perennial plant that will flower in its first year if sown early enough.

The toadflaxes are a new discovery for me. They flower for months at a stretch and look wonderful in the garden and cut in a small glass or jug.

Genus Linaria purpurea
Variety Canon Went
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Toadflax
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 75cm (30in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors March-April, direct May-June and/or indoors August-September.
Care Tips Will self-sow - remove flowering heads if you don't want them to. Divide clumps in spring.
Flowering May - September
Vase Life 7 days in water, sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.
Harvesting Flower production: 3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Reviewed 6th March 2016 by janine woolford

Presumably I didn't sow these early enough as I've yet to get a flower. But I can say they've grown well, survived this wet winter, and I've got masses of plants to look forward to. Will update and hopefully score higher when I see them in all their beauty.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback, we wouldn't expect to see this variety flowering until at least early May, so we would suggest that you continue what you're doing and they will start to flower soon. in terms of the sowing times, you can start sowing the seed unercover from early August through to late September. If you would like further advice please contact our horticultural adviser at"

Posted 12th April 2016

Linaria Canon Went

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Reviewed 6th September 2015 by Nichola Mckinley

I grew this from seed this year. It took a while to come into flower but it was well worth the wait. In my west facing aspect it only gets afternoon sun and we have had a chilly summer in West Yorkshire. Some plants just dont do well here but this plant has earned its place.