California

California Ivy

California Ivy (aka English Ivy) is an evergreen woody vine.  The vine will climb or form dense ground cover.  The leaves are alternate and are heart-shaped with pointed lobes in young plants and broadly lanceolate in mature plants.  Small greenish-yellow flowers appear in June to October.  Clusters of round drupes ripen to dark blue from October to May.

Lifecycle: Perennial

Uses: Ground Cover and pots

Sun: Part shade to full shade

Height: 8-10 inches

Spread: 3-6ft

Bloom Duration: Small greenish-yellow flowers appear in June to October. Clusters of round drupes ripen to dark blue from October to May

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California ivy (also know as English Ivy) rarely gets to be taller than about 12 inches but its vines can stretch more than 6 feet. The plant is not sensitive to humidity and grows successfully indoors and outdoors. It is best, however, not to place it in direct sunlight in areas with high heat because this can burn the plant. California ivy can grow successfully in most soils, is comfortable with shade, and because it is an evergreen plant, it can survive the difficulties of a winter climate. It is a rapidly growing plant and can quickly overtake its environment if it is not carefully and regularly pruned. As a result, many areas strongly discourage planting California ivy outdoors.