|Ivy Leaved Toadflax:
Ivywort, Aarons Beard, Climing Sailor, Creeping Jenny.
Part Used: Herb.
action and uses:
the Ivy-leaved Toadflax has anti-scorbutic properties, and has been
eaten as a salad in the southern Europe, being acrid and pungent like
this little trailing plant, with iodine-like leaves and the smaller
lilac flowers, was not originally a British plant, but a native of the
Mediterranean region. It has become naturalised over almost
whole of Europe, from Holland southwards, except in Turkey.
now a thoroughly at home in England, having first being introduced into
the Chelsea botanic gardens from Italy.
before fertilisation each flower pushes itself out into the light and
sun, standing erect, and when the seeds are mature, it bends downward,
buries the capsule in the dark crannies between the stones on which it
grows, the seeds being thus dispersed by direct action of the plant
This little Toad-flax is in flower from May,
right up to November, and is visited only by bees.
plant in his herbal, springing from brickwork, but the block of his
illustrations was incorrectly placed upside down, so that the plant,
instead of being represented as growing downwards, stands erect.
in 1640, also figures this plant in the same way.