Gloire de Marengo Ivy
Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo'
Gloire de Marengo Ivy foliage
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Height: 20 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Variegated Algerian Ivy, Canary Island Ivy
An evergreen climbing vine or dense groundcover with beautiful gray streaked,deep green leaves with cream to white margins; salt tolerant leaves may bronze in winter; very adaptable and vigorous
Gloire de Marengo Ivy's glossy lobed leaves remain dark green in color with showy white variegation and tinges of grayish green throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Gloire de Marengo Ivy is a multi-stemmed annual with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Gloire de Marengo Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Gloire de Marengo Ivy will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. As a climbing vine, it should either be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
Gloire de Marengo Ivy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.