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Cymbalaria muralis - P.Gaertn.B.Mey.&Scherb.

Common Name Kenilworth Ivy
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards The plant might be slightly toxic[76]
Habitats Walls and other well-drained sites, shady rocks and woods, usually on calcareous soils[17, 50].
Range S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade
Cymbalaria muralis Kenilworth Ivy


Cymbalaria muralis Kenilworth Ivy
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cymbalaria muralis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to September, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Linaria cymbalaria.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; North Wall. In. East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw[4, 115, 177]. The leaves have been used in salads, being acrid and pungent like cress[4]. We find them rather bitter and not very pleasant, though they are available all year round and so might be useful in the winter[K]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses



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Antiscorbutic;  Vulnerary.

The herb is antiscorbutic and vulnerary[4, 7]. It is used externally as a poultice on fresh wounds to stop the bleeding[7]. There are reports that it has been used with success in India for the treatment of diabetes[4, 240].

Other Uses

Dye.

A clear yellow dye is obtained from the flowers, though it is not very permanent[4, 115].

Cultivation details

Prefers a moderately good soil and some shade[1]. Plants usually self-sow freely[188] and can be invasive, especially when grown on old walls[200]. They succeed both on dry-stone walls and on old mortared walls[219].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow March to June in a cold frame and do not exclude light. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c[164]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in late spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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