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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
ivy 'Clotted Cream'
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
'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
Toxicity Harmful if eaten, and may cause skin allergy
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or West-facing or North-facing or South-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay
pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid
Time to ultimate height
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
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
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
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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