Hedera canariensis

Algerian ivy

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Plant type

Evergreen climber


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A showy and fast-growing climber with glossy green, heart-shaped leaves which can reach 15cm wide. Initially yellow-green they turn dark green as they age, and have superb, wine red stems. Growth can be damaged in hard winters but it'll re-shoot in spring. Either train up a trellis, over a fence, against a sunny, sheltered wall, or let it spread across the soil giving good ground cover. It's also known as H. algeriensis and there are several variegated forms including the white-edged 'Gloire de Marengo' and the tri-lobed 'Ravenholst', both of which have been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit, but note they're not as hardy.

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Hedera

Species: canariensis

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

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