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Oxford weed

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Ivy-leaved toadflax, Cymbalaria muralis, growing on wall in Rose Lane, Oxford, March 2024.  According to Geoffrey Grigson, in his Englishman’s Flora (1987), this plant was known as Oxford weed in Berkshire and Oxfordshire ‘from [its] abundance on Oxford college walls’.  It has also been said that ivy-leaved toadflax was accidently introduced to Oxford from Italy with a consignment of classical statuary. Stroh et al., in their Plant Atlas 2020 (2023) record that ‘C. muralis was grown in gardens by 1617, and records from the wild date from 1640 (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)’.

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