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PlantFiles: English Ivy, Common Ivy
Hedera helix 'Gold Child'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Hedera (HED-er-uh) (Info)
Species: helix (HEE-licks) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Child
Additional cultivar information: (aka GoldChild, Gold Baby)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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
By simple 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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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weedsfree On Oct 5, 2012, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

I received 2 plants of this in a trade 2 weeks ago and I have been very impressed ever since. I particularly do not like Ivy, but I wanted something unusual as a air filtering houseplant and I got it! It has put out at least 4 leaves per "stem" in the 2 weeks I have had them. The one that doesn't get light from anything but a hanging lamp is doing the best. Seems like cuttings would be very easy to root since there are roots on a stem that either developed when shipped or it barely touched the soil for a short period. They haven't changed my mind about not liking Ivy, but I am glad I have this one. Ivy is normally a fast grower even with total neglect and 'Gold Child' is no exception.

Positive VineWorld On Jul 11, 2012, VineWorld from Syracuse, UT (Zone 7b) wrote:

Gold Child is a wonderful cultivar of English Ivy that is one of, if not, my favorite ivy. It's beautiful gold margins and three different shades of green in the center is just perfectly set into its crown shape. It's growth is very easy to keep track of and it commands attention no matter where you put it. I highly recommend it for anyone who is considering Hendera helix for their garden.

Positive soldiersong On Sep 9, 2011, soldiersong from North Plains, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have this in a ball topiary and it brightens up a corner in front of our home. It is carefree, save occasionally attaching a new stem to the topiary form. It is in a spot where it receives about four hours of afternoon sun, and is thriving. Nice color of a difficult spot.

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

Man, this sure is a nice looking ivy. Could it possibly grow any slower? They say ivy is associated "with the gods"...I see why - you have to be immortal to live long enough to have a lawn full of it.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Aug 13, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Properly known as 'Goldchild' and sometimes known as 'Gold Baby.' A sturdy, reliable, and beautifully consistent ivy with bold gold margins.


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

Montgomery, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama (2 reports)
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Clifton, Colorado
Canton, Illinois
Cleveland, Ohio
North Plains, Oregon
La Porte, Texas
Syracuse, Utah
Richmond, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington

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