• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing vine; self-clinging stems quickly reach 15 to 20 ft. long.
    Key Feature:
    Handsome Evergreen Vine
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HED-er-uh HE-licks
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing vine; self-clinging stems quickly reach 15 to 20 ft. long.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasDwarf ivy is a versatile plant that can act as filler groundcover under older shrubs with exposed legs. Looks great on slopes and in conjunction with retaining walls to green up the face from bottom up or top down. It's also excellent in rock gardens trimmed to expose out croppings poking through. Useful for cloaking exposed mortar of rock waterfalls giving the feature a more settled in look. Self clinging can bring this ivy up walls, fences and even onto buildings. One of the best uses is dangling from the edges of hanging pots and baskets, or used to cascade off the edges of tall urns planted with upright fillers.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Indian Hawthorne (Raphiolepis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in enriched, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, prefers evenly moist soil, but tolerates mild drought. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart; closer for faster coverage.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    This is one of the 400 forms of the standard English Ivy, Hedera helix. The species is found over much of Asia from Japan westward through Europe to Nothern Africa. It has been inntroduced to nearly every continent and widely naturalized. In some climates it has become a dangerous exotic infesting neighborhoods and wildlands but dwarf forms such as this are far less threatening.
    Ivy was dedicated to Bacchus and other gods of ancient civilizations within its range. It's clinging nature made it a favorite symbol of Victorian fidelity.


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