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A Floridata Plant Profile 175 Hedera canariensis

Common Names: Algerian ivy Family: Araliaceae (ginseng Family)

Algerian ivy


Algerian ivy (also known as Canary Island ivy and North African ivy) is a clinging vine closely related to English ivy (Hedera helix) , Algerian ivy has distinctive red leaf stems and large, luxuriant, alternate leaves with 5 to 7 lobes. Its beautiful thick, leathery foliage seems a little shinier than English ivy, and growth is faster.


Hedera canariensis is native to the Canary Islands, Portugal, the Azores, and North Africa. It is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates.


Algerian ivy is quite salt tolerant and like other ivies, adaptable to most soil types. It flourishes best in rich, moist soil, and is not fussy about pH. Light: Algerian ivy tolerates part sun to shade. Moisture: It likes an average to moist soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 10. Algerian ivy is subject to damage at temperatures much below 15°F (-9°C). The variegated forms are generally less hardy (to zone 7) than the all green ones. Propagation: Algerian ivy roots very easily from cuttings. It can also be started by layering. New ivy plants are best started in mid to late spring after active growth has begun.


Algerian ivy is most commonly used as a ground cover in warm climates, where the lush leaves steal the show underneath trees or growing up their trunks. Old vines can become quite woody. When making a choice between Algerian and English ivy in zones 9 or 10, bear in mind the Algerian type grows more rapidly and becomes established a good bit faster. Algerian ivy can be used to good effect as a house plant, too.


Like English ivy, Algerian ivy is available in many different cultivars with variegated foliage and different leaf shapes.

06/12/97; updated 06/15/06

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Hedera species profiled on Floridata:

Hedera canariensis

( Algerian ivy )

Hedera helix

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