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Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris
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Habitat: Roadsides, ditches, fields and disturrbed areas.

Description: Fleshy dark gree narrow leaves.  Yellow flowers with orange "throats" that have two lips that make it look like a mouth.  The top lip has 2 parts (lobes), the lower lip has 3 parts .  Flowers cluster at the top of the plant.

Size: 20-80 cm tall.

Fun Facts: It is called toadflax because the flowers open like a toad's mouth!

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing

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Melissa Blue
Lycaeides Melissa

Habitat:  Melissa Blues can be found in southern Alberta, particularly around the Peace River area.  They enjoy sandy places in prairies and parklands.

Description:  The underside of the Melissa Blue is quite dull with an orange or red band running along the outer edge of the hind wing.  The inside of its wings are a different story, revealing a vibrant blue.

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