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Cymbalaria muralis
Kenilworth-ivy, ivy-leaved toadflax

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, scattered eastward across North America to the Atlantic Coast where more broadly distributed.

Habitat: Roadsides, retaining walls, wastelots, and other disturbed open areas at low elevation.

Flowers: April-October

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Self-pollination, bees


Glabrous perennial, prostrate and trailing, often purplish.


Leaves alternate, ivy-like, palmately lobed, long-petiolate.


Flowers solitary on long peduncles arising from the leaf axils; corolla lilac with a yellow center spot, bilabiate, 8-10 mm. long, with a short, curved spur, the upper 2 lobes deeply divided, the lower 3 rounded.



Accepted Name:
Cymbalaria muralis G. Gaertn., B. Mey. & Scherb.
Publication: Oekon. Fl. Wetterau 2: 397. 1800.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Linaria cymbalaria (L.) Mill.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cymbalaria muralis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Cymbalaria muralis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Cymbalaria muralis information

E-Flora BC: Cymbalaria muralis atlas page

CalPhotos: Cymbalaria muralis photos

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