Italian Toadflax - Cymbalaria pallida

Description

This is superficially similar in appearance to the more frequently encountered Cymbalaria muralis. The leaves are a darkish green and slightly hairy. The flowers are violet, with a yellowish patch on the lower lip, although a white form also exists. Flowers are borne on long, slightly hairy stalks.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Usually found as an escape from cultivation and favouring walls and stony places.

When to see it

Flowers May to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Widespread but infrequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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