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'variegata' Variegated Swedish Ivy Plectranthus coleoides

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
18" 2'6" 46cm 76cm
Height: 6" - 18"
Spread: 18" - 2'6"
Height: 15cm - 46cm
Spread: 46cm - 76cm
  • Details

    6 - 18 Inches
    16 - 20 Inches
    18 - 30 Inches
    15cm - 46cm
    41cm - 51cm
    46cm - 76cm

    Features

    Bright green foliage is edged in white, creating a "frame" around each leaf. This is a great component plants in combinations planters where it will trail over the edge of the pot. It does have purple flowers, but you are growing it for the patterned foliage.

    This versatile, vigorous spiller for sun and part shade container recipes features highly fragrant, variegated lime green foliage with bright cream, scalloped edges. 

    It is a good plants for sun to part shade combination planters.

    Fragrant Foliage
    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 18 Inches 15cm - 46cm
    Trails Up To: 
    36 Inches 91cm
    Spacing: 
    16 - 20 Inches 41cm - 51cm
    Spread: 
    18 - 30 Inches 46cm - 76cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Purple - but grown for foliage not flowers
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green and White Variegated
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets and patio containers. Used primarily as a component plant in combination planters. 

    Swedish ivy is also known as candlestick vine, because it is so easy to grow in sun and part shade, and because deer typically pass it right on by once they detect its strong citrusy scent.  It is a great conmponent in container recipes where its bright cream and lime green, fuzzy, scalloped foliage complements every other color.

     

    Maintenance Notes: 

    This easy to grow plant may be pinched or trimmed as needed to maintain shape and size. Plant in part shade/part sun or full sun locations. It prefers moist soil, but should not be kept wet at all times. The plant can bre trimmed as needed. It has quite fragrant foliage and deer tend are unlikely to munch on this plant.

    This plant cascades, fountain-like from pots and hanging baskets.

    With its attractive, scalloped foliage that's green with white margins, Plectranthus coleoides 'Variegata' makes a worthy filler plant in a container or in the garden. It grows about a foot tall and half again as wide. It's a Proven Winners selection so it's widely available. NGA (National Gardening Association)

    This plant cascades, fountain-like from pots and hanging baskets.

    With its attractive, scalloped foliage that's green with white margins, Plectranthus coleoides 'Variegata' makes a worthy filler plant in a container or in the garden. It grows about a foot tall and half again as wide. It's a Proven Winners selection so it's widely available. NGA (National Gardening Association)

    'variegata' Plectranthus coleoides ''Variegata''
  • 5 Reviews

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    • I found this lovely citrus-scented specimen at a local garden center. It is growing beautifully and is very large. I hardly have to do anything. It alternates between sun and part sun most of the day. I will try to overwinter it inside this year.

      ella
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 27 min ago
    • Not only is this plant beautiful and easy-care, it releases a heavenly citrus-woodsy aroma when brushed. I over-winter it in a hanging pot by a south-facing window.

      Kate
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 5 years ago
    • Not only is this plant beautiful and easy-care, it releases a heavenly citrus-woodsy aroma when brushed. I over-winter it in a hanging pot by a south-facing window.

      Kate
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 5 years ago
    • This is one of my favorite plants. Unfortunately every garden center I have been to in my area does not carry this plant. I had two giant pine trees growing out of my deck, which were cut down with the stumps of 3 1/2 feet left in place. I have two very large round containers sitting on the top of the stumps, and I planted this Swedish ivy in these containers. They grew so beautifully trailing down the stumps, and you couldn't even tell the stumps were there. It was absolutely stunning. I was extremely disappointed this year in not being able to find these plants. PLEASE, is there anyone in my area that carries this ivy.

      Bonnie Furnish
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
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