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Care of the plant Cymbalaria muralis or Kenilworth Ivy.

Care of the plant Cymbalaria muralis or Kenilworth Ivy

The genus Cymbalaria, family Plantaginaceae, includes 15 species of perennial plants native to the Mediterranean region and Eastern Europe. Some species on: Cymbalaria muralis, Cymbalaria pallida.

Common names: Kenilworth Ivy, Ivy-leaved toadflax, Wandering sailor, Oxford ivy, Mother of thousands, Pennywort. This species is native southern Europe.

They are herbaceous plants with a creeping bearing that reach 5 cm in height and 70 cm in length. They have small alternate leaves of kidney or heart shape. The flowers are small (1 cm) and white, lilac and yellow.

They are fast-growing plants that are used to decorate walls; make holes in the wall to fill them with garden soil and moss where these plants will be planted. They can also be grown in pots and planters.

The Cymbalaria muralis needs a shade or semi-shade exposure (better oriented to the north). Annual average temperatures should be mild (between 10-23 ºC).

They can grow in any soil that retains moisture. Planting can be done in any season of the year except summer.

Water abundantly, as they need a lot of humidity; moss is recommended to retain water.

They do not need fertilizers.

It's a plant quite resistant to pests and diseases; the worst enemy is heat and drought (it loses its leaves).

They propagate by seeds or by cuttings in spring.

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Cymbalaria muralis
Cymbalaria muralis
Cymbalaria muralis
 

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