Italian Toadflax - Cymbalaria pallida


    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

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

    When to see it

    Flowers May to September.

    Life History


    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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