Weed Seed: Linaria genistifolia (Broomleaf toadflax)



Common Name

Broomleaf toadflax


Primary Noxious, Class 2 in the Canadian Weed Seeds Order, 2016 under the Seeds Act.


Canadian: Absent from Canada (Brouillet et al. 2016Footnote 1).

Worldwide: Native to central and eastern Europe and temperate Asia (USDA-ARS 2016Footnote 2). Introduced in France, Germany, Norway, and the United States, where it is present in Oregon, Minnesota, and some of the northeastern states (CABI 2016Footnote 3).

Duration of life cycle


Seed or fruit type


Identification features


  • Seed length: 0.6 - 0.8 mm
  • Seed width: 0.4 - 0.5 mm


  • Seed blocky, often with one tapered end

Surface Texture

  • Seed covered in ridges that form a wavy-wrinkled pattern


  • Seed black with a bluish or silver sheen, immature seeds are greyish

Other Features

  • The seed edges are reticulated and winged, approximately 0.2 mm wide

Habitat and Crop Association

Pastures, roads and disturbed areas (Darbyshire 2003Footnote 4).

Similar species

Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica)

  • Dalmatian toadflax seeds are a similar size, blackish colour, rough surface and sharp winged edges as broomleaf toadflax.
  • The shape tends to be more blocky without one tapered end and the winged edges do not have a strong microscopic pattern compared to broomleaf toadflax.

Striped toadflax (Linaria repens)

  • Striped toadflax seeds are a similar size, dark colour and rough surface as broomleaf toadflax.
  • Striped toadflax seeds lack a winged edge and have a dull brownish surface compared to broomleaf toadflax.


Broomleaf toadflax (Linaria genistifolia) seeds
Broomleaf toadflax (Linaria genistifolia) seeds

Similar species

Similar species: Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) seeds
Similar species: Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) seed
Similar species: Striped toadflax (Linaria repens) seeds
Similar species: Striped toadflax (Linaria repens) seed
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