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Hedera colchica

Common Name(s):

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

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.

Cultivars:
  • 'Dentata'
  • 'Dentata Variegata'
  • 'Sulphur Heart'
  • 'Variegata'
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#container plant#shade tolerant#lawn alternative#trellis#dry soil
Cultivars:
  • 'Dentata'
  • 'Dentata Variegata'
  • 'Sulphur Heart'
  • 'Variegata'
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#container plant#shade tolerant#lawn alternative#trellis#dry soil
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hedera
    Species:
    colchica
    Family:
    Araliaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Vine
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil