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English Ivy, Common Ivy 'Duck Foot'

Hedera helix

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




Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Pale Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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: http://www.ivy.org
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 wint... read more