Hedera colchica 'Dentata Variegata'

Persian ivy

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Hedera colchica 'Dentata Variegata' is one of Matthew Biggs' favourite plants for brightening up shady spots. It can either be used for covering walls and fences or as ground cover. This ivy is less vigorous than the plain, green-leaved variety, but if it begins to grow beyond its bounds, simply trim it back at any time of year. It prefers a partially shaded site with well-drained alkaline soil and does well against a north-facing wall. People with sensitive skin should wear gloves when handling ivy as its sap can be an irritant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Hedera

Species: colchica

Cultivar: Dentata Variegata

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

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