Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'

Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'

Ivy

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'
  • Common name: Ivy
  • Plant type: Climber
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 3m

Spread: 1.8m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Golden
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

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The large leaved variegated ivy, Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart', has bright gold and lime green variegations that are invaluable for bringing splashes of light to a dark shady wall. In light shade, mingle it with winter jasmine and Cotoneaster horizontalis for a plant association with even greater variety and all year round interest. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart' clings to brick walls and similar textured surfaces so long as its aerial roots can get a grip. Splash walls with water to help new plants start clinging, but don't grow where the mortar is unsound or the roots may cause damage.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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