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Friday Favorite: Kenilworth Ivy

November 18th, 2016

Kenilworth Ivy (Cymbalaria muralis) is one of my favorite little creeping plants. The first time I saw it was years ago on my first visit to Longwood Gardens. I didn’t know the name of it at the time, but discovered it a few years later. In my Ohio garden, it was growing in the rock walls and I loved it.
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I purchased a plant a few years ago, but it didn’t survive that winter, most likely because I planted it in the garden. When Mr Chiots and I visited the Hagley Museum last fall, I collected a few seeds from one the plants growing on an old stone building. I started them in a pot when I got home and this spring I had a few nice plants to add to the rock walls in front of the house.
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They grew beautifully this summer and creeped through the rocks. I’m hoping they help stabilize the soil in the beds behind the rock walls, the soil has a tendency to get washed out leaving the walls less than secure and full of holes.
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kennilworth-ivy-1Now that these little plants are thriving in a rock well, they should survive the winter because of the extra heat from the rocks. Just in case they don’t, I have two small pots of ivy in my indoor garden. If the plants in the rock walls don’t survive this winter, I’ll simply grow a flat or two of plugs every year to plant in spring.

Do you have a favorite creeping plant?

3 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Kenilworth Ivy”
  1. Sierra N Hampl on November 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I like your indoor garden! I’ve been caring for some houseplants since I don’t have time for an outdoor garden right now. It makes me so happy to have plants inside.

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  2. Jill on November 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I absolutely love kenilworth ivy, too! I built a stone wall around our well and planted the ivy a couple years ago. It grew up and over and through the rocks and was such a beautiful focal point in the yard. It did not come back the next year, though, and I’ve been unable to find any seed or plants anywhere. I did see small patches of it growing on the rocks this year, and possibly through out the bed so if it is back next year I will absolutely bring some inside so I can have it year after year.
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  3. Nebraska Dave on November 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Susy, ha, yeah, the only creeping vine in my garden is bind weed and I wouldn’t say I’m terribly fond of it. I did discovered that bindweed is an edible plant but I’d have to be pretty hungry to eat a bowl of bindweed. People in Turkey eat it like spinach. If that truly is the case and there’s a food shortage, I could feed the city if I had to. I did manage to keep the weed under some control this year but there’s always next year. It is a relentless plague that never goes away. One plant can cover a 100 square foot area if left unchecked. It can spread millions of seeds from a single plant. So, yeah, I’m just not too fond of spreading Ivy plants.

    Have a great Kenilworth Ivy day.

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