Oldfield toadflax

In my area, oldfield toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) blooms in profusion in sunny areas. I found hundreds of them on a sandy slope:

In the woods nearby, I found starflower (link) and mayflower. I hoped for butterflies – this spot is a Frosted Elfin site – with no luck. But there were literally dozens of Ebony Jewelwing damselflies (link), all of them active and uncooperative subjects. I’ve never seen that many in one place before.


9 thoughts on “Oldfield toadflax

  1. I found toadflax for the first time this year. I’m almost certain I found Texas toadflax (N. texanus), but I see that your N. canadensis is common here, too. Ye olde booke says that oldfield toadflax has smaller flowers and shorter spurs, which confirms what seemed to be true when I looked at your photo.

    You’ve conveyed a sense of abundant flowers without crowding the frame; I like that very much. The spider-webbing is a nice touch, too. It’s almost as though they’re created a little fence for the flower patch.

    • Thanks! The flowers are quite tiny, and the stems are about a foot high. I got somewhat close so the flowers were visible, and cut off the ground (sand) to make the background green. If I had noticed the web, I would have tried to remove it – but I’ve grown to like it.
      I could easily be off in the ID. I used a nice local resource for information, https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/.

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