Small-leaved, small-flowered groundcover for shady areas. Charming when viewed up close. I like how it pokes its head out of unexpected places, often after clambering through taller-growing neighbors.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Darlene Judd||Aug 22, 2008||I love this little plant, but have to keep it somewhat contained as it can be invasive! My 93yr old Granny had this plant growing up some latice at her back door, covered the whole latice with great color. She passed away last April, so I have suprises everywhere I brought a plant from her house as a reminder of my Granny! This plant has no problem growing in full sun here on the Oregon Coast (I understand that it does not like our type of misty,foggy weather but it thrives here). Thanks for the great page.|
|joyce swiatek||Nov 28, 2010||I reciently made a trip to Italy and saw this flower. I was so excited! My grandmother had one of these little ivys hanging in her kitchen window, in half of a coconut shell. I really liked that little plant, but have not seen one like it since. Is there a way I can get one here in Tennessee? That would make me sooo happy! I was so in a hurry to email you, I didn't even look at the whole web site. But I will now. |
Yeah, they are surprisingly uncommon, given their pleasant ways in the garden.
|Julia Cubit||May 17, 2011||This plant is found frequently growing in sidewalk spaces and between bricks in urban areas. I too fell in love with this plant and took home a handful of the vine to grow on our balcony in full sun. And did it grow.
When it outgrew its pot, I tore off a clump and threw it off the balcony where it landed on the grass below. Several weeks later, I noticed it had taken root in the grass. Several months later, it started showing up in several areas of the garden. But, I sure did love the looks of this plant and so I paid no attention to its spreading habit.
Several years later - it now covers many large plants during its spring bolt. In growth habit, it reminds me of a miniature kudzu. And it blooms constantly which means that it is constantly reseeding itself throughout the growing season. I now find it just about everywhere - in sunny as well as shady parts of the garden. And this year it has appeared in the gardens on the opposite side of the house.
So be forewarned should you decide to grow this vine. Did I mention that I really do love this plant?
|Lori||Oct 24, 2011||I'm SO glad to finally find out what this plant is!! Mine came as a little hitchhiker in a Daphnea from a nursery; it quickly made its home in many other places in my garden and it is so fragile yet determined that i don't mind at all. In fact it reminds me everyday how we can be uprooted but learn to grow anyway and be beautiful right where we are. I planted a clump in a tree stump that was hollowed and filled with dirt and those lovely trailing little flowers cascade down the sides. I've since shared the seeds with many friends to share the love : )|
Thanks for sharing your experience and comments, Lori. They certainly ring true with me!
|Melody||Oct 29, 2011||Is there a place to get this plant in NW GA? I have a steeply sloping backyard and am looking for pretty,but invasive plants to take over the space so that I won't have to mow it. It gets some sun and some shade each day depending on the time of day and location in the yard. Our soil is poor and very rocky. Will it grow here?|
I would expect that Cymbalaria would grow for you, but it may not be an effective groundcover unless you happen to provide conditions that are just right. More likely, it would establish itself in the most favorable pockets, and would leave you with the rest of the space to fill with other plants. Still, any Kenilworth ivy you can establish is a good thing, so it's worth a try.
- Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 70F (70%G, 7-13d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (63%G, 8-13d)
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