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Perennial plant, climbing or sneaking, with large, smooth lobes, often cardioid in the base with short stalk. Blue-violet, single-breasted flowers, 4-5 cm in diameter, pentamers, with inner scallop tube and long stem.
It is almost everywhere on mainland Greece and the islands in wet, shady places. Cultivated as ornamental.
The use of wildflower as a medicinal herb returns to antiquity. Dioscourdes refers to this as a "thorn, dirty, laurel, myrrh or polygon" and attributes to its leaves and stems many therapeutic properties for the treatment of toothache, dysentery and diarrhea.
Spotted on Feb 9, 2018
Submitted on Feb 15, 2018