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Butter-and-Eggs - Linaria vulgaris
Also called Yellow Toadflax.
"The butter-and-eggs, a native of Europe, was introduced into North America by the early settlers because of its many uses. They used it as an ingredient in colonial skin lotion. They made a tea made from its leaves to treat constipation. Its juice, mixed with milk, was used as a fly poison around barns." WildFlowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
"Several insect species have been introduced to control the spread of Butter-and-Eggs. This includes Brachypterolus pulicarius, a small black beetle that feeds on the tips of the shoots; Gymnaetron antirrhini, a weevil that feeds on the seed capsules; and Calophasia lunula, a moth with larvae that feed on the foliage and flowers." Illinois Wildflowers
When I was a young girl, I loved to spy these flowers growing along the road as I walked home from school. Today many people are trying to eradicate this invasive plant.
The Global Invasive Species Initiative of the Nature Conservancy
This naturalized wildflower adds a cheerful splash of yellow to late summer and autumn days.
Butter and Eggs
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