Kenilworth ivy – Cymbalaria muralis

Kenilworth ivy – Cymbalaria muralis

Kenilworth ivy – Cymbalaria muralis

Found this beautiful specimen growing next to the road, while taking a walk at the Mall Road Mussoorie. Captured during the last trip in Jan 2020.

Kenilworth ivy – Cymbalaria muralis, with other common names such as ivy-leaved toadflax, coliseum ivy,Oxford ivy, mother of thousands, pennywort, wandering sailor etc is a flowering plant native to Eurpoe and widely naturalised elsewhere.

This plant can be commonly seen on mortared stone, brick walls or a s a filler plant between flagstones, forming a dense mass of leafage from which reddish snake like stems spreads out in all directions. The flowers are like miniature dog flowers or snapdragon-like, usually lilac/pale-blue with yellow ‘bosses’ at the entrance to the throat; occasionally white. Flowers are produced abundantly from spring to autumn, and often through the winter in mild places. Leaves are almost fleshy, 5-lobed, like ivy, varying (as ivy does) in the degree and sharpness of the divisions.

This plant has an unusual method of propagation. The flower stalk is initially positively phototropic and moves towards the light. After fertilisation, it becomes negatively phototropic and moves away from the light. Which results in seed being pushed into dark crevices of rock walls, where it is more likely to germinate.

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