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Hedera colchica

Common Name(s):
Colchica ivy, Persian ivy
Cultivar(s):
'Dentata', 'Dentata Variegata' , 'Sulphur Heart' , 'Variegata'
Categories:
Groundcover, Vines
Comment:

This plant has attractive, large, thick, leathery leaves that will form a dense groundcover and crowd out other plants.  Prune in the spring to maintain appearance.  Makes a great lawn alternative for shady areas where grass will not grow.  If grown as a groundcover over large areas, it may be mowed with a rotary mower set on high. It can also be trained to a trellis, arbor, or wall.  Not reliably frost hardy, so plant in a protected location and mulch heavily in the winter.  The variegated forms are often grown as houseplants or in container gardens.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Leaf spots and mites can be significant problems. Slugs and snails will sometimes hide and breed in the thick foliage.

Height:
30-50 ft.
Hardiness:
Tender
Foliage:
Heart-shaped leaves slightly lobed; thick, leathery; dark dull green
Flower:
Greenish white, insignificant
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Partial shade to shade, will tolerate dry soil
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Climbing vine
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Climbing Method:
Aerial roots
Tags:
houseplant, lawn alternative, shade, dry soil, container, trellis, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 291

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