(LINARIA cymbalaria)

Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Fluellin,
Mother of Thousands



Height: 3"-4' (7-125 cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Mauve

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
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
Plantaginaceae Family)
Genus: Cymbalaria (Toadflax)
Species: muralis (of walls)
Cymbalaria muralis

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:


(155 days)

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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