Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zones 5-9, 12-28
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water

Hedera canariensis

Algerian Ivy
Evergreen, Vines


Ivy is appreciated by some gardeners for its ability to cover quickly, reviled by others—particularly in the Pacific Northwest and Virginia—for its invasive tendencies. Often used as a ground cover because of its horizontal growth habit, it also climbs to cover walls, fences, and trellises, attaching itself firmly by aerial rootlets (a factor to consider when planting against surfaces that must be painted). This type of growth occurs during the plant's juvenile stage, which can last up to 10 years; during this stage, the thick, leathery leaves are usually lobed. At maturity, ivies become shrubby, with stiff branches clothed in unlobed leaves, and they begin blooming: domelike clusters of greenish white flowers appear in late summer and are followed by black berries in fall.

Hedera canariensis
Hedera canariensis

Click to Enlarge

Hedera canariensis

Native to Canary Islands, Mediterranean coast of North Africa. Shiny, rich green leaves 5 to 8 in.wide with three to five shallow lobes. Leaves are more widely spaced along stems than those of Hedera helix. This is a course-looking plant and an aggressive grower.

You Might Also Like...

Jasminum floridum

From China. To 5 ft. high. Dark green leaves divided into three (rarely five) small leaflets. Clusters...


All of these South African natives form fountainlike clumps of strap-shaped leaves that are evergreen ...

Ligustrum hybrid 'Suwannee River'

Reported to be a hybrid between Ligustrum japonicum ‘Rotundifolium‘ and Ligus...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More