Stems. - Slender, six to thirty inches high. Leaves. - Linear. Flowers. - Pale blue or purple, small, in a long terminal raceme. Calyx. - Five-parted. Corolla. - Two-lipped, with a slender spur, closed in the throat. Stamens. - Four. Pistil. - One.
The slender spikes of the blue linaria flank the sandy roadsides nearly all summer, and even in November we find a few delicate blossoms still left upon the elongated stems. These flowers have a certain spirituality which is lacking in their handsome, self-assertive relation, butter-and-eggs.