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Bastard Toadflax

This is a tiny flower that grows amongst short turf on limestone soils and as a result it is a nationally scarce plant as the conditions it needs are rare. It is also difficult to find and very difficult to photograph as it is so small (this is very much a 'could do better' photograph I am using!).

It is a semi-parasitic plant getting some of its nutrients by taking advantage of nearby grasses. That may be the origin of the first part of its name but it is not a member of the toadflax family so where that comes from is anyones guess!

For those of a more sensitive nature who might find bastard toadflax a bit offensive a new name has recently been coined for this plant and it is now also known as stars in the grass because of the five pointed petals that are arranged in a star shape.


Common Name Bastard Toadflax
Alternative Name(s) Stars in the Grass
Scientific Name Thesium humifusum
Interest Level
Species Family Simple Flowers

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes