This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Antirrhinum Purpureum. Purple Toad-Flax.
Calyx 5-phyllus. Corollae basis deorsum prominens, nectarifera. Capsula 2-locularis.
ANTIRRHINUM purpureum foliis quaternis linearibus, caule erecto spicato. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 555.
LINARIA purpurea major odorata. Bauh. Pin. 213.
LINARIA altera purpurea. Dod. Pempt. 183.
Though not so beautiful as many of the genus, this species is a common inhabitant of the flower-garden, in which it continues to blossom, during most of the summer.
It is a native of Italy, and delights in a dry soil and situation; it will even flourish on walls, and hence will serve very well to decorate the more elevated parts of rock-work.
When once introduced it comes up spontaneously from seeds.