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Ivy-leaved Toadflax

Cymbalaria muralis

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Veronicaceae (Speedwell)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Long-stalked lilac flowers with a short spur. Each flower has a yellow bulge on the lower lip. Up to 1.5cm across.
Fruit:
A small capsule, filled with seeds.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Other Names:
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.
Habitats:
Rocks, towns, walls.