Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 24 to 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by woofie (NE WA - Zone 5a) on May 27, 2012 5:14 PM

This plant is extremely easy to propagate from cuttings. Break off a piece, strip the leaves off a couple of inches of stem, stick it in a pot and water it. Almost guaranteed to grow. The ones I have now are descendants from a start given to me by a friend over 40 years ago. Everyone I knew in California had at least one of these growing indoors, but we called them "Creeping Charlie." It's easy to grow and, at least in my experience, pest-free. I've never seen an aphid, a white fly or a mealy bug on one of these.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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This sure looks like Swedish Ivy by plantladylin Jul 16, 2016 11:33 AM 2
Identify house plant by GeorgieGarden May 25, 2020 3:34 AM 2
what is this plant name? by Unknown_Gardener May 23, 2020 6:44 AM 4
ID and propagation by jaydewagner Mar 5, 2020 11:14 PM 9
Maybe an herb ID please by Southamerica Jul 24, 2019 10:17 PM 1
Help by Kizx5 Jun 10, 2019 3:52 AM 6
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Plant ID; Type of Ivy? by Sik Jun 2, 2019 1:39 PM 2
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Why is my swedish ivy dying? by Newbieplanter Jan 28, 2019 8:19 AM 5

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