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Hedera canariensis is often confused with:
Hedera helix Hedera helix
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Catharanthus roseus Catharanthus roseus
Clematis viorna Clematis viorna
Oxalis Flowers and Leaves

Hedera canariensis

Phonetic Spelling
HED-er-ah kah-nair-ee-EN-sis
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Algerian ivy is a climbing evergreen woody vine with large leaves. It is often used as a groundcover. It grows 8-10" tall but can be high climbing.  It may be grown as a ground cover but it needs to be confined as it can be weedy and may require considerable pruning to keep in bounds.  Moisture should be fairly consistent to avoid leaf drop.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Broad, 3-7 lobed leaves 2-6" long and wide
  • Reddish petioles and twigs

Cuttings taken from adult part of plant will develop into a shrub form; ornamental but poisonous berries. Reddish appearance of undersides of leaf and of stem is due to small, red, stellate or scale-like pubescence. 

Rapid growth; Alkaline tolerant; Moderately salt tolerant; Pest problems.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Gloire de marengo'
  • 'Gloire de marengo'
  • 'Marginomaculata'
  • 'Ravensholst'
  • 'Striata'
  • 'Striata'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#partial shade#houseplant#summer#shade tolerant#weedy#salt tolerant#winter interest#fall interest#creeping#spreading#poisonous berries#climbing vines#groundcover#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Gloire de marengo'
  • 'Gloire de marengo'
  • 'Marginomaculata'
  • 'Ravensholst'
  • 'Striata'
  • 'Striata'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#partial shade#houseplant#summer#shade tolerant#weedy#salt tolerant#winter interest#fall interest#creeping#spreading#poisonous berries#climbing vines#groundcover#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hedera
    Species:
    canariensis
    Family:
    Araliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Canary Islands, Azores, Northern Africa
    Climbing Method:
    Clinging
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Poisonous
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Creeping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Fleshy. Berry-like black drupe.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Umbel
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    In umbels or compound umbels. Greenish-white, only occuring on mature branches.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Smooth
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Heart-shaped with 3-7 lobes with red-hairs below, wider leaves than English ivy. Alternate, simple, cordate, evergreen, 3-7 lobes with palmate venation when juvenile, ovate to rhombic on mature/adult branches (i.e. climbing); 2-6" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Covered with red, scale-like pubescence; produce adventitious roots.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Pollution
    Salt
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Severe irritation and allergic contact dermatitis after a delay following contact with cell sap
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Triterpenoid saponins and polyacetylene compounds
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves