How to Grow Kenilworth Ivy (Cymbalaria Muralis)

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The Kenilworth ivy, or cymbalaria muralis, is a plant with leaves that are kidney-shaped and flowers that are purple with a yellow throat. Start Kenilworth ivy by seed or by division with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about how to grow Kenilworth Ivy, also known as Cymbalaria, it's a gorgeous plant from Southern Europe. Kenilworth Ivy, or Cymbalaria Muralis, and it's also known as Lynaria Cymbalaria, is found from southwest and central Europe, so from the, Spain and parts of the southern parts of Europe. So it can handle cold temperatures all the way to zone 3, so it's hardy from zone 3 to 10. And the leaves are rounded to kidney shaped and they have flowers in lavender to purple with a yellow throat, and there's even a white variety that's really, really pretty. And Cymbalaria is a Western European genus of the foxglove family, and they're made up of ten species of small ground cover perennials that strikes roots as they spread, and the leaves are small kidney shaped to rounded and often with shallow lobes. And they're very easy to grow in any soil to sun or shade. So Kenilworth Ivy or Cymbalaria makes a great ground cover or a rock plant, because it'll grow right up onto the rocks with gorgeous little flowers that bloom in the summer. They can be started by seed or by division, and they're very hardy, as we talked about, to zone 3, and they're a great addition to your rock garden or to any part of your garden.