70329+This is one of those plants that many of us have strong feelings about. Many of us who remember it from when it was more popular in the 1970s might consider Algerian ivy, Hedera canariensis, to be an aggressively invasive weed. Those of us who are less familiar with it might appreciate it as a vigorous and resilient groundcover that gets dense enough to exclude most other weeds.

Without regular pruning for confinement, Algerian ivy grown as groundcover becomes a vine to climb trees, fences, walls and anything else it can get into. As the vines mature and get closer to the top of their support, they develop shrubby adult growth. Algerian ivy can easily ruin the surfaces that it climbs, or overwhelm shrubbery and trees, but might not be so bad on bare concrete walls.

Well contained Algerian ivy might get about two feet deep. The glossy dark green leaves are about six inches wide, with three or five rounded corners. Leaves of vining or adult growth are smaller and more rounded. New plants are very easy to propagate from cuttings or by layering. ‘Ghost ivy’ is delightfully variegated with white, but usually loses variegation as new growth replaces the old.

9 thoughts on “Algerian Ivy

    1. I happen to like it where it is already established in urban landscape situations, but where I work, in the forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, English ivy is such a serious problem that I would not plant any ivy even in my own garden.

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    1. Most people dislike it. I would not plant it. However, I like the Algerian ivy in the garden at my home in town. It was so lush! I just had to keep it out of the shrubbery and trees.


  1. I like all plants with variegated leaves, I have quite a number in the garden, but I would not plant this ivy, even though I love the colour and shape of its leaves, it would be hard for me to control

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    1. I would not plant it either. It is too invasive. Although, there was much of it where I lived in town, and it worked out very nicely. It was a bit of work keeping it edged and out of trees, but was worth it.

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