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Hedera helix 'Parsley Crested' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; contact may irritate the skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

ivy 'Parsley Crested'

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

'Parsley Crested' is an evergreen climber with broad, entire or slightly lobed leaves with crisped margins; no flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Hedera cristata
  • Hedera helix 'Cristata'
  • Hedera helix 'Holly'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grows best in fertile, humus-rich, alkaline soil but will tolerate acidic soils. Provide shelter from cold drying winds

Soil

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

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

Can get aphids, scale insects and vine weevil

Diseases

A leaf spot may be a problem