The Q&A Archives: Variegated Ivy

Question: I saw a ground cover which looked like a variegated Ivy at Dorney Park this summer, is there such a thing? The plant seemed to have green, white and some pink in the leaves. Any information on this plant would be appreciated.

Answer: Yes, such a thing does exist. There are many varieties of Hedera Helix and some of them are variegated and some (such as Glacier) offer a bit of pink although it is generally more pronounced in colder weather. Two nurseries offering a selection of hardy ivies are Carroll Gardens, 444 East Main Street POBox 310 Westminster MD 21157 (800-638-6334) and Glasshouse Works, Church Street, Stewart Ohio 45778-0097. However, the pronounced pink tinge you saw leads me to think what you saw actually might have been one of the currently popular ornamental sweet potato vines! These are generally sold as potted annuals in the spring because they are not hardy.

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