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PlantFiles: English Ivy, Common Ivy
Hedera helix 'Duck Foot'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Hedera (HED-er-uh) (Info)
Species: helix (HEE-licks) (Info)
Cultivar: Duck Foot
Additional cultivar information: (aka Duckfoot)

4 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple 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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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

I hate this ivy's lime-green leprechaun guano foliage, and as an ivy lover, that's saying something. Once it climbs (a very long process), it gets ridicules pancake sized leaves...take a look at my pics.

Positive Gabrielle On May 2, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Smaller and better behaved (slower growing) than other Hedera helix varieties.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Mar 4, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

Not a rampageous plant. Extremely pleasing texture (much like the edge of a doille) as a small-scale groundcover.

Neutral smiln32 On Feb 28, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nicely trailing variety. Leaves are small and fan-shaped with rounded corners. Cute plant. Makes for a nice groundcover or a pretty container plant.

Neutral Shadyfolks On Sep 20, 2004, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just received this cutting this year for joining the American Ivy Society. It is the 2004 Ivy of the year. The cutting I received was promptly chewed up by cat, so this is all new growth in two months. I plan on planting my outside here in Z5. The American Ivy Society is at:
This is what AIS has to say about Hedera helix 'Duck Foot':
"Hedera helix 'Duck Foot' has been selected by the American Ivy Society as "Ivy of the Year" for 2004.This miniature ivy has leaves that really do look like a duck's foot! With small leaves not more than an inch across and self-branching habit of growth, it is well suited for pots, baskets and topiaries. Don't let this diminutive ivy fool you; it is also very winter hardy. In test gardens it has survived to at least zone 5 to minus 20 degrees F".


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

Galt, California
Merced, California
Clifton, Colorado
Hull, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Warren, Indiana
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Lexington, Massachusetts
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Lebanon, New Jersey
Goshen, Ohio
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Amarillo, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
Portland, Texas
Roanoke, Texas
Waco, Texas
Bellingham, Washington

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