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JadeyJadey Posts: 36

Hi All, I bought this ivy from a shop in town. When I asked what type it was and whether it would climb the lady looked a bit confused and said it was 'just ivy' - not very helpful for trying to decide where to plant! 

Here's a picture, it's currently in a 9cm pot, quite small. Leaves are matt (not glossy), 5 lobed, green with a hint of yellow around the edges. I know it's English ivy but not sure which variety, any help would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks, Jade


Here's another pic with the brightness turned up a little (didn't think it through when I took a pic with a bright window behind!).





  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,744

    looks like hedera helix glacier. But don't quote me on that.image

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    "Hedera helix varigata" or common name variegated ivy. I can't be as specific as Hosta.  You can train it to climb up canes or a frame, just twine the long stems up and  around.


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,584

    It'll climb unless it is some sort of mutant variety unknown to science or horticulture. It should climb so well that it will cover a fence in next to no time and you will spend the next ten years trying to get rid of it. The birds will thank you for planting it though as it is great for hiding nests.

  • JadeyJadey Posts: 36

    Haha, okay, well that's good enough for me. Was only really hoping to work out whether it'd climb 1m or 20m but will bung it in the ground, train it up and see what happens image 

    Thanks everyone.!

  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    Glacier was the one that sprang to mind for me too, as it has creamy edges and is readily available.It  looks like a small leaf variety and they're often used in pots with other planting as they trail down the sides. They don't usually cause much bother, unlike their more rampant larger leaved cousins!   image


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JadeyJadey Posts: 36

    Oooh, I think you're dead on there, actually. Just did a quick google search and it does look exactly like it and I've seen it everywhere for a quid or less so thanks! 

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