Ivy-leaved Toadflax - Cymbalaria muralis

    Description

    Trailing, often purplish, tufted, hairless plant with slender stems. Leaves alternate, kidney shaped to almost rounded 5 to 9 lobed and long stalked. Flowers lilac to violet, with a yellowish patch on the lower lip, 9 to 15 mm long, solitary on long stalks at the base of the leaves. Spur 1.5 to 3 mm long.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Shady rocks and walls.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 131 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map