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Variegated English Ivy

Hedera helix 'Variegata'

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Variegated English Ivy (Hedera helix 'Variegata') at Green Thumb Nursery

Variegated English Ivy foliage

Variegated English Ivy foliage

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Height:  8 inches

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Other Names:  English Ivy


A tough broadleaf evergreen vine with very colorful variegated leaves for that special touch of flair; a great addition to indoor containers; vigorous and adaptable

Features & Attributes

Variegated English Ivy's attractive glossy lobed leaves remain green in color with showy creamy white variegation throughout the year on a plant with a spreading habit of growth.

This is a multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. This plant can be pruned at any time to keep it looking its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Variegated English Ivy can be expected to grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant. Be warned that parts of this plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so special care should be exercised if growing it around children and pets.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

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