Butter and Eggs
* Flowers golden yellow with orange centers, resembling snapdragons,
* Leaves narrow.
* Height: 1-3'.
* Flowers June - October.
* Habitat: Dry meadows, roadsides, waste places.
* Range: Throughout eastern North America.
* Other names for Butter-and-Eggs include Bread-and-Butter and Toadflax.
* "It is the most hurtful plant to our pastures that can grow
in our northern climate. Neither the spade, plough, nor hoe can
eradicate it when it is spread in pasture. Every little fibre
that is left will soon increase prodigiously; nay, some people
have rolled great heaps of logs upon it, and burnt them to ashes...yet
it put up again, as fresh as ever."
-John Bartram, in A brief account of those plants that
are most troublesome in our pastures and fields, in Pennsylvania; most
of which were brought from Europe, 1758.
* "It is rather rich-colored, with a not disagreeable scent.
It is called a troublesome weed. Flowers must not be too profuse
nor obtrusive; else they acquire the reputation of weeds."
-Henry David Thoreau, 1852