THREE BIRDS TOADFLAX
Each bud of this species resembles a sleeping pigeon, with its head tucked under its feathers. And because the flowers are always grouped together in spikes of three, the botanist Linnaeus called the species “three birds” (trior-nithophora). As they awaken, purple flowers with a yellow lip unfurl. The plants grow to about 32 in in height and flower in late summer. They like well-drained soil and may survive the winter there in mild climates. In The Netherlands, this is unlikely, and it is better for us to sow annually in April-May.