Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
Colchis Ivy, Persian Ivy
This has the largest leaves of all the Hedera. Persian ivy is an evergreen vine with glossy, dark green leaves that are large, leathery and heart-shaped. Another unique attribute is that they are fragrant when crushed. This large vine or groundcover is native to Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus region where it can be found along the forest floors and growing up trees and rocky outcrops.
Persian ivy is vigorous but more tender than the popular English ivy (Hedera helix). It is grown for its lush foliage, which forms a cool, green cover on walls or the ground. This fast-growing vine twines and clings to walls and trees via root-like structures that appear along the stems. Insignificant, greenish white flowers appear in autumn followed by black, berry-like fruits that are eaten and spread by birds.
This is a highly adaptable plant that can withstand full sun or shade, although partial shade is recommended in hot climates. It grows best in fertile but well-drained soil. Provide it with protection from winter sun and wind, especially where marginally hardy. This ivy is quick to establish and faster growing than English ivy. It can become quite invasive if it appears where it is not welcome. It thrives in containers and hanging baskets but is best suited as a groundcover or clinging vine.
11 - 1
6 - 11
3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Vine
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