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Hedera colchica

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
HED-er-ah KOHL-chik-ah
Description

Persian Ivy has attractive, large, thick, leathery leaves that will form a dense groundcover and is a good alternative for shady areas where grass will not grow. It can be  mowed with a rotary mower set on high. It can also be trained to a trellis, arbor,  wall or topiary form. and is a good choice to control erosion on slopes or hills.  It is not reliably frost hardy and should be mulch heavily in colder regions.

Persian ivy may be subject to damage by leaf spots, mites, slugs, and snails.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Dentata'
  • 'Dentata Variegata'
  • 'Sulphur Heart'
  • 'Variegata'
Tags:
#bees#birds#houseplant#variegated#drought tolerant#container plant#shade tolerant#lawn alternative#winter interest#trellis#erosion control#well-drained soil#dry soil tolerant#climbing vines#groundcover#pollinator plant#ground covers that can be mowed
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Dentata'
  • 'Dentata Variegata'
  • 'Sulphur Heart'
  • 'Variegata'
Tags:
#bees#birds#houseplant#variegated#drought tolerant#container plant#shade tolerant#lawn alternative#winter interest#trellis#erosion control#well-drained soil#dry soil tolerant#climbing vines#groundcover#pollinator plant#ground covers that can be mowed
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hedera
    Species:
    colchica
    Family:
    Araliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western Caucasus, northern Turkey
    Wildlife Value:
    black fruits are eaten by birds, bees are attracted to flowers.
    Climbing Method:
    Clinging
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Heavy Shade
    Problems:
    Frequent Insect Problems