Hudson Valley Seeds says: "Though small, a long list of names is associated with this etherial-hued variety. The Latin name, Linaria, was thought up by Linnaeus who noticed the plant's similarities to linum, or flax. This led to the plants in this family often having common names involving flax. A more antique version of our mix was introduced in 1872 as Fairy Flax. But another, more adorable, name, Toadflax, caught on due to the flower's resemblance to the self-satisfied turn of a toad's smirking lips. The glowing colors of this modern mix inspired a whole new level of naming, taking it from the earthy landscape of toads up into the heavens and the colors of the Northern Lights."