Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Fluellin,
Mother of Thousands
Height: 3"-4' (7-125 cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Mauve ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Scrophulariales (Figwort Order) Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
(under the APGIII system, this plant is now in the
Genus: Cymbalaria (Toadflax) Species: muralis (of walls) ____________________________________
Cymbalaria muralis is a delicate-looking wildflower that is surprisingly adaptable. Often found growing in cracks of old walls, where it forms neat little cushions of purplish stems and succulent-looking rounded ivy-shaped leaves studded with solitary snapdragon-type flowers in pale mauve with yellow lips, purple lines and a white throat, it is also capable of climbing up garden fences to a height of over 3', and its thready pink stems and roots can easily invade a rockery.
Cymbalaria muralis contains chemicals which affect skin cells. It has been used as a traditional medicine to help heal wounds.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seed pod is rounded, bulging when the seed is ripe.
Seed The seeds are tiny light brown balls. There are many seeds in a seedpod.
Seedling The seedleaves are rounded, and the first true leaves are heart-shaped, lobed,
with purple edges.
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