Algerian Ivy (Hedera algeriensis)

Example of approximately what these plants look like when shipped. See the eighth photograph of any plant to see a photo of what it looks like when shipped.
When what you need is a carpet of evergreen color to cover a blank canvas quickly and thoroughly, you will be thrilled with the maintenance-free performance of Algerian Ivy. Ideally suited as a lawn alternative, for coverage beneath large trees, and as a filler on bald spots where grasses refuse to grow, Algerian ivies are also very popular as climbing vines (roots attach to most surfaces) where they paint buildings, fences, trellises, and walls with color creating an instant vintage feeling and generating the added bonus of reduced cooling costs.

Some love creating topiaries with Algerian Ivy while others adore using them in window planters. No matter the application, Algerian Ivy can be counted on to brighten shady areas with color, tolerate drought, salt and foot traffic, and control erosion on slopes. With this hardy personality, the only thing you have to do is choose between our tried and true varieties offering emerald or variegated color.

See photographs comparing average sizes of some bare roots and potted plants


Things to Note
'Souvenir of Marengo' alludes to a city of northern Italy, though the species is native to the Canary Islands, Portugal, and North Africa. Interestingly, it was apparently named merely to commemorate Napoleon's conquest of that city (who but the French would commemorate a mad dictator?).

Gardener Tips
If you are planning to plant this in full sun, you MUST give it ample water for the first year (until it becomes established). Once established, it will thrive in full sun. However, it should not be planted (in full sun) next to something like a blacktop, since this causes heat intensification. For the greatest chances of establishment before summer, it needs to be planted in the fall or early spring. If you are not willing and able to nurture it the first year we suggest you get Persian Ivy instead, it can be planted in full sun without as much care.

If grown in the full sun of warmer climates, make sure that Gloire de Marengo receives ample water. She may get damaged if grown on unsheltered walls and exposed to cold winds during severe winters, particularly in colder zones.

The main reason why we recommend that you do not plant Hedera ivies in the summer is because it is tricky to water enough without over-watering.

You must let the soil dry out between watering, but not so much that the plants die. Stick your finger three inches into the soil, if you feel any moisture at all, do not water them.
In areas where spreading is not desired, trim back the runners before they take root or prune ruthlessly once a year.

Unless you know what you're doing, we do not recommend planting any Hedera ivies without a good month to get established before the heat of summer. We strongly recommend that you plant before mid-April or after mid-September (up to May 1 is OK in northern zones). It's tricky to water enough without over-watering (you must let the soil dry out between watering, but no so much that the plants die).

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