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Long-stalked lilac flowers with a short spur. Each flower has a yellow bulge on the lower lip. Up to 1.5cm across.
A small capsule, filled with seeds.
Despite the name, the leaves are not very ivy-like. They are long-stalked, smooth and palmate. The leaves are arranged alternate along the stems and they are overwintering, making them evergreen.
The leaves can be eaten raw and are good to put in salads. Bitter-tasting and mildly toxic so caution is required not to eat this plant in large quantities.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aaron's Beard, Climbing Sailor, Coliseum Ivy, Creeping Jenny, Fleas and Lice, Kenilworth Ivy, Mother of Millions, Mother of Thousands, Oxford Ivy, Oxford Weed, Pedlar's Basket, Pennywort, Rabbit-flower, Rabbits, Thousand Flower, Wandering Sailor.
Rocks, towns, walls.