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Hedera helix 'Minor Marmorata' (v)

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© RHS 1979

Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; contact may irritate the skin

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Cream, White and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

salt and pepper ivy

Family

Araliaceae


Hedera are evergreen climbing shrubs clinging by aerial roots. Clusters of small yellow-green flowers are followed by usually black berries. Foliage of flowering shoots is often less deeply lobed than that of the sterile, climbing shoots

'Minor Marmorata' is an evergreen climber with small three-lobed leaves, heavily speckled with creamy-white

Synonym(s)

  • Hedera helix 'Discolor'
  • Hedera helix 'Maculata'
  • Hedera helix 'Marmorata Minor'
  • Hedera helix 'Salt and Pepper'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained, preferably alkaline soil in sun or partial shade. Shelter from cold drying winds

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 at any time

Pests

Aphids and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot