• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Hedera helix 'Clotted Cream' (v)

ivy 'Clotted Cream'

  • Other common names ivy 'Clotted Cream'

  • Family Araliaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details 'Clotted Cream' is a shrubby climber up to 1m high with five-lobed leaves, 5-6 cm across, which are dark green and pale grey-green variegated with cream; the young leaves emerge fairly flat in spring, but then become more waved with strongly frilled margins; it is usually grown as a houseplant but if grown outside and if adult growth forms, ivy flowers are an excellent source of pollen and nectar for honeybees and many other insects


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Trailing

  • Toxicity Harmful if eaten, and may cause skin allergy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect East-facing or West-facing or North-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • Clay


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Indoors, grow in loam-based potting compost such as John Innes No 3, in bright indirect to low light, water freely when in growth, and keep moist in winter; outside will grow in a wide range of conditions, but will grow best in fertile, humus-rich, preferably alkaline, moist but well-drained soil, in partial shade, with shelter from cold wind

Propagation Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer: use juvenile growth for plants with a trailing habit, and adult growth for plants with a bushy, "tree ivy" habit

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders Ground Cover Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Drought Resistant Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11, at any time of year

Pests Generally pest-free but may be affected by glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, aphids, bryobia mites, and vine weevil

Diseases Generally disease-free but may be affected by fungal leaf spot and virus diseases; for more advice, see leaf damage on woody plants

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