So it was a bit of a game to see how Andrew would react when I causally mentioned that a friend from Seattle was stopping by to give me some rooted ivy, would he recall in horror? Nope, no reaction. Oh well, saved me having to explain that this was a well behaved ivy. Meet Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'...
The photo above is of 'Sulphur Heart' growing at Cistus Nursery. I know I've got a similar image but couldn't find it, thankfully Evan Bean let me use his, from this post.
Here's a photo from my wreath making afternoon at Cistus last December. Of course I was drawn to the green on green varigation.
Late last winter Facebook friend Cotts Meery mailed me a few cuttings of his Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'. I rooted them and planted them out. Three of them took. Here's one against a stock tank.
And two others in a semi-dead-zone behind that same tank, up against the fence at the back of our property. Because our land is at a much higher level than that behind that fence (thanks to quickly and poorly built fence) all the water I give those little ivy starts quickly drains away.
Thankfully Cotts recently brought me a bit more ivy to play with...
I love those leaves...
I also love the way most ivy determines it's own path, growing up and sometimes getting quite a beefy trunk. I took this photo over in a historic district in NW Portland and have no idea what species we're looking at. I do know plants that can adhere to walls also cause damage, but I love them.
What are your thoughts on ivy?
Do you have a favorite? Do you grow it as a houseplant? Outdoors?
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