bluewillow09(8)April 27, 2013

I saw some variegated ivy at the nursery, which surprised me. Are there any types of ivy that are okay to plant here?

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Hedera canariensis and H. colchica are not considered invasive here. That's not to say it's wise to plant them... either would still be very difficult to remove if you decided later that you want it, after it had taken over a large area. Smaller-leafed variegated ivies are more likely forms of H. helix and should be avoided.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:53PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

I heartily second that!
Just because the leaves are variegated and smaller than regular Ivy, it doesn't mean they will spread slower or won't revert to the common Hedera helix.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Thanks for your input guys, this is what I suspected.

Yesterday I was at Lowes garden center and they also had ivy, in the big flats of ground covers. I must say it struck terror into my heart seeing it there.

It doesn't seem like places should be able to sell plants that are so invasive.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:46PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The interpretation that is being followed at this point is that certain specific kinds of Hedera helix are perniciously weedy yet pretty much all the many others on the market here are to be taken as having little or no threat potential.

No comment.

This post was edited by bboy on Sun, Apr 28, 13 at 19:54

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 7:46PM
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