Blue Toadflax
Nuttallanthus canadensis

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"Nuttallanthus canadensis," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nuttallanthus canadensis, the blue toadflax, Canada toadflax, or old-field toadflax, is a species of Nuttallanthus in the family Plantaginaceae, native to eastern North America from Ontario east to Nova Scotia and south to Texas and Florida. It is an annual or biennial plant growing to 2580 cm tall, with slender, erect flowering stems. The leaves are slender, 1530 mm long and 1-2.5 mm broad. The flowers are purple to off-white, 1015 mm long, appearing from mid spring to late summer. It typically grows in bare areas and grassland. It is grown as an ornamental plant in its native area. It has been introduced to western North America and Europe, and is now locally naturalized, from Washington south to California, and also in Russia.
Francis A. Crane Wildlife Management Area, East Falmouth, Massachusetts