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Plants of the UNF Campus

Hedera canariensi - Algerian ivy, Canary Island ivy
Family Araliaceae


About four or five species of Hedera are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are evergreen vines. This species is native to north Africa and southern Europe. Algerian ivy can be grown as a ground cover but must be controlled. It can grow straight up a wall or tree trunk with its stem rooting to the surface as it grows. These roots may be damage brick walls by entering and enlarging small cracks in the morter. It is grown as a house plant in cold climates.


The leaves and growth of ivies change as the plants grow upright onto their supports. On the upper parts of the plant, its leaves become more rounded and stems more compact. The plant produces flowers on this growth.


See this plant at numerous shady locations around campus.


Woody vine capable of growing to thirty feet high or more.

Care Instructions:

Light: sun, part shade, shade

Water: moist soil, well-drained soil, somewhat drought tolerant in shade

Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements

This plant must be near its northern limit in Jacksonville. Reportedly, it is damaged at winter temperatures below 20 F. On campus, it is protected from frosts by overhanging stairways and roofs. In dry locations, it is susceptible to scale insect infestations.

Hedera canariensis