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Hedera helix 'Thorndale'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Hedera (HED-er-uh) (Info)
Species: helix (HEE-licks) (Info)
Cultivar: Thorndale

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Bazuhi On May 28, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted this in 2009 after purchasing it from the local Home Depot and now it is 2011. I watered it well, fertilized and was careful not to walk on it and kept the dogs away from it. I am very unimpressed with this as a use for a groundcover.. I does not fill in, I just have 3-4ft runners from the base of the plant that spread out but no filling out of those runners at all, put it this way it looks like a flatten spider. Maybe the first couple years it was pretty much in the shade which I understand it grows well in but now with some tree removal and sun in this actual area for about 6 hours we will see if it helps this plant out at all.

Negative mjolner88 On Oct 17, 2008, mjolner88 from Bellingham, WA wrote:

I give this cultivar a negative review, only because it grows at least 5 times slower than the 27 kinds of ivy that I have right now, AND I've tried 4 different sources of the same plant.

It may have anti-freeze for blood, but unless you're rich, and have an entire area installed with ZERO spacing, having a lawn full of it is almost inconceivable.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Jan 17, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A selection of Hedera helix that is reported to be 10F hardier. The leaves are more angular and slightly less lobed than the species. Commonly sold in Garden Centers.

Neutral Gabrielle On Jan 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like the look of the ivy, but it likes to take over and is hard to keep in bounds. I haven't decided if I want to keep it or not, though to get rid of it would be a long process.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clifton, Colorado
Downers Grove, Illinois
Derby, Kansas
Garland, Texas
Penhook, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington

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