Ivy-leaved Toadflax - Cymbalaria muralis by Digitalbcon

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Cymbalaria muralis (Ivy-leaved toadflax or Kenilworth Ivy) is a flowering plant native to Mediterranean Europe and widely naturalised elsewhere. It spreads quickly, growing up to 5 cm (2.0 in) tall—it commonly grows in rock and wall crevices, and along footpaths. The leaves are evergreen, rounded to heart-shaped, 2.5 to 5 cm (0.98 to 2.0 in) long and wide, three-seven lobed, alternating on thin stems. The flowers are very small, similar in shape to snapdragon flowers.

This plant has an unusual method of propagation. The flower stalk is initially positively phototropic and moves towards the light—after fertilization it becomes negatively phototropic and moves away from the light. This results in seed being pushed into dark crevices of rock walls, where it is more likely to germinate and where it prefers to grow.

This one was captured in Bogotá, Colombia, S.A.

(Info courtesy of Wikipedia)


  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago


  • Thanks Rick!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • orkology
    orkologyover 2 years ago

    Great capture of the weedy little bugger that fills my orchids’ pots!

  • Yes! You got that right!! It seems to me that these “introduced” wildflowers end up nothing more than invasive weeds!! And this one is nearly impossible to get rid of!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Very pretty . . . love the shape of the leaves!!

  • Thank you Lori!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • orko
    orkoabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful image!

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