Hedera colchica 'Dentata'

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

One of Roy Lancaster's favourite evergreen climbers, Hedera colchica 'Dentata' is a vigorous grower and will quickly cover a large wall. Alternatively, it can be grown as ground cover by pinning down its stems. Its large bright green leaves are slightly toothed at the edge, and the leaf stalks and stems are flushed with purple. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and can be trimmed back at any time to keep its size under control. Those with sensitive skins should wear gloves when handling ivy as the sap can irritate. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Hedera

Species: colchica

Cultivar: Dentata

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

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