Hedera Species, Canary Island Ivy, North African Ivy, Madeira Ivy, Variegated Algerian Ivy 'Gloire de Marengo'

Hedera canariensis

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Hedera (HED-er-uh) (Info)
Species: canariensis (kuh-nair-ee-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Gloire de Marengo
Additional cultivar information:(aka Variegata)
Synonym:Hedera algeriensis
Synonym:Hedera canariensis var. algeriensis



Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (yellow-green)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

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)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Alameda, California

San Diego, California

Clifton, Colorado

Bartow, Florida

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Ellicott City, Maryland

Marlborough, Massachusetts

New York City, New York

Durham, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Carrollton, Texas

Dallas, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

Bellingham, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 29, 2020, vince from Bilbao,
Spain (Zone 9a) wrote:

Real name: Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo'


On Aug 27, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Very beautiful variegated foliage. This is a self-clinging climber, by holdfasts, and in warm climates it can reach 40' or taller if given something suitable to climb on.

Hedera colchica 'Dentata Variegata' looks very similar and is at least a zone hardier.

'Gloire de Marengo' is a pretty plant, but not hardy here.

Hedera species are toxic by ingestion, too.


On Jul 25, 2012, milocat4 from New York, NY wrote:

Recently I bought a hanging basket of this ivy at HD and it's thriving. I decided to go to the farmers' market and buy a smaller one and another variegated small lobed ivy.

Does anyone know if two different ivy plants can be potted together?



On Dec 19, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

According to the USDA map I am in zone 6b. Someone just a few miles from here says she in zone 7. At any rate I have had this survive one winter so far. And I didn't even plant it. I used it as a porch plant. It trailed down and rooted itself in the ground and, lo and behold, next last spring it came out really well and grew.
I'm anxious to see if the same thing happens next year.
I love this ivy and keep two of them in pots inside during the winter. They are gorgeous houseplants. One of them I have trained to a narrow metal A-frame. It's the prettiest one. I put it on the porch in spring and let it go. Then before I bring it in in the fall I trim it back to the frame. One of my favorite plants.


On Oct 16, 2008, mjolner88 from Bellingham, WA wrote:

Do you hate slow-growing plants? If so, you'll love this plant...unlike most ivies, it will exhibit visible growth in the same week that it was planted...things will speed up exponentially as time passes.

Give it an insane does of humic acid, auxin (superthrive), and just a little more water than you "think" it needs, and you'll be rewarded with ultra-aggressive growth.

I can only begin to imagine the joy I would receive from this plant, if I had access to sunlight where I live.


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

Wonderfully, up to 50%, bright-white variegated/margined leaves up to 8 inches wide, and very pleasing red stems to boot.

An Ivy that certainly does not recieve credit to its hardiness. Mulching helps tremendously. One must remember that defoliation in the winter for evergreens does not mean death. The white parts of the leaf are first to go, lacking the chemicals to protect it from cold damage. Upon warmer temperatures in spring, fresh new leaves appear to replace the old.

Makes a supreme (houseplant) hanging basket, which is the capacity in which it is most often seen. I say just buy a well-planted basket and divide it up for your landscape use!