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Japanese Ivy Hedera rhombea

Previously known as:

  • Hedera pedunculata,
Phonetic Spelling
HED-er-uh ROM-bee-a
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Japanese Ivy climbs on trees, cliffs, and walls by aerial rootlets that cling to the surface. It is also grown as a ground cover where no vertical surfaces are available. Leaves are green or variegated with white and have purple-red stems.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Variegata
Tags:
#white#evergreen#poisonous#variegated#perennial#green#container plant#yellow-green#shade tolerant#medicinal#winter interest#slopes#vines#climbing vines#groundcover#naturalizes#twining vine#vertical spaces#rock walls
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Variegata
Tags:
#white#evergreen#poisonous#variegated#perennial#green#container plant#yellow-green#shade tolerant#medicinal#winter interest#slopes#vines#climbing vines#groundcover#naturalizes#twining vine#vertical spaces#rock walls
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hedera
    Species:
    rhombea
    Family:
    Araliaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Ivy fruits and leaves contain a saponin, hederin, which although poisonous can be used medically for the treatment of respiratory disorders because it is a spasmolytic and expectorant.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Eastern Asia
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    small, greenish-yellow, gathered in large numbers in erect umbel
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Shape:
    Rhomboidal
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    the fruit is poisonous to humans if eaten, skin irritations from handling
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    hederin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Sap/Juice
    Stems