Common Name: bullock’s heart ivy, Persian ivy, colchis ivy
Origin/Ecology: Native to Near and Middle East.
Habit: Evergreen woody vine or ground cover. Horizontal creeping stems with aerial rootlets.
Leaves: Largest leaves of any of the ivies. Juvenile form features very large, leathery, slightly toothed, heart-shaped, variegated leaves (4-10″ long) which are marbled grayish green and deep green with irregular, creamy yellow leaf margins.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Only adult forms produce panicles of flowers (greenish white) and subsequent fruit. Flowers are insignificant, but attractive to bees.
Water Use, Soil: Average, medium, well-drained soil.
Exposure: Part shade to full shade.
Landscape Uses: Ground cover, shady areas, erosion control, slopes or hills, vertical structures, hanging baskets, houseplant.
Limitations: Leaf spot, mites, slugs, snails.
Other Features: Not as invasive as H. helix. Depresses weeds.