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Kickxia elatine - (L.)Dumort.

Common Name Fluellen, Sharpleaf cancerwort
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Arable land, usually cornfields in light soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east to the Mediterranean and Macaronesia.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Kickxia elatine Fluellen, Sharpleaf cancerwort

Kickxia elatine Fluellen, Sharpleaf cancerwort


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Physical Characteristics

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Kickxia elatine is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


Linaria elatine


 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The plant is haemostatic[61]. It is used externally to staunch wounds and bleeding[254].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a light to medium soil and a sunny position.


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Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Rebecca Sweet   Mon Aug 9 18:18:54 2004

I have this weed growing in my vineyard project site in Newburg, Oregon, USA. The site is neither moist nor light-soiled- rather, this is a dry (unirrigated), clayey soil. They're most abundant in the vine row where herbicides are used to control weeds in the spring and early summer. I notice that the bees are fond of it in late summer when it is one of the few things blooming.

Tim Myles   Tue Sep 15 2009

I have found Kickxia elantine growing in dry soil, in partial sun, along a steep embankment behind a shopping centre in Guelph, Ontario. The leaves are very arrow head shaped. I have found the other species, Kickxia spuria growing in a shady wet location in a swale between my house and neighbours in Georgetown, Ontario. The latter species has round leaves. Both of these appear different from photos I have seen of Kicksia from the SE. US which has somewhat lobes leaves.

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