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English Ivy, Common Ivy 'Baltica'

Hedera helix

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


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:

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)

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


Grown for foliage

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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 softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Malvern, Arkansas

Clifton, Colorado

Kansas City, Missouri

Syracuse, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Garrettsville, Ohio

Onalaska, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 30, 2009, giftgas from Everson, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is probably the only choice for people who want an ivy that "looks" like ivy, but don't want to deal with H. hibernica...

This plant is sometimes confused with the ivies known as "Irish Ivy" H. hibernica, and English Ivy (H. helix) 'Thorndale'...

How does one tell the difference?

If it looks like a purple dinosaur egg in winter, then it's NOT Baltica.

If it's growing slowly, then it's NOT Baltica.

If it grows "ok" and has "white veins" in the summer, then it most likely IS Baltica.


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

Nicely textured foliage is most winterburn tolerant and very hardy. Slower growing than the species, sometimes branching in habit while on the ground.