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Common Name: Kenilworth Ivy
Cymbalaria muralis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
The plant might be slightly toxic[
S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.
Walls and other well-drained sites, shady rocks and woods, usually on calcareous soils[
Prefers a moderately good soil and some shade[
Plants usually self-sow freely[
] and can be invasive, especially when grown on old walls[
]. They succeed both on dry-stone walls and on old mortared walls[
Leaves - raw[
]. The leaves have been used in salads, being acrid and pungent like cress[
]. We find them rather bitter and not very pleasant, though they are available all year round and so might be useful in the winter[
]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
The herb is antiscorbutic and vulnerary[
]. It is used externally as a poultice on fresh wounds to stop the bleeding[
]. There are reports that it has been used with success in India for the treatment of diabetes[
A clear yellow dye is obtained from the flowers, though it is not very permanent[
Seed - surface sow early spring to early summer in a cold frame and do not exclude light. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Division in late spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.