Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’

variegated Persian ivy

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Variegated Persian ivy has the largest foliage of any ivy and provides a bold, variegated mix of mint-green, cream and forest green which brightens even the darkest of locations. It is a non-invasive species and is one of the vigorous, evergreen vines that tolerate dry shady conditions. While it needs some room to grow, with pruning, it can easily be kept under control. Tolerant of drought and pollution, variegated Persian ivy grows well in most soils including heavy clay. As a groundcover, it makes a thick dense mat of foliage keeping weeds from establishing. It can also be grown on strong permanent supports but should not be allowed to grow on the exteriors of houses or buildings. It is a bold, exciting vine that can give container plantings year round interest.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vining vine

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 50 ft. 0 in. (15.24 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: open to deep shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, burgundy, bronze

Great Color Partners: white, cream, dark green

Culture Notes
This vine grows in open to deep shade with well-drained soil, but will tolerate being planted in almost any soil including sand and clay. Once established it is fully drought tolerant and requires very little water even during prolonged droughts. Ivy stems climb and adhere to most surfaces, remove from trees or buildings to keep the vine from smothering the tree or damaging the building. Annual pruning during the winter or in mid summer can keep it in bounds quite easily. People with sensitive skin should wear gloves when handling ivy as its sap can be an irritant.