English Ivy, Common Ivy 'Yellow Ripple'

Hedera helix

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


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:

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


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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:

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

Clifton, Colorado

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 15, 2010, BJames1 from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this ivy! Its yellow-gold & cream variegation adds year-round interest to my garden. Being an ivy, however, it does spread & climb & have the potential to overtake smaller plants in its vicinity. H. helix 'Yellow Ripple' is a great golden evergreen, despite its typical ivy tendencies. It displays its best golden variegation in full sun, becoming lime green in deeper areas of shade, and grows more lush and full in full sun as well. No matter how much it spreads & climbs, 'Yellow Ripple' will remain one of my favorite plants in the garden for its beautiful evergreen foliage & strong-willed character.


On Oct 16, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

This is my favorite Ivy. Its bold edges of gold/ lime variegation on very shapely leaves make an excellent backdrop to small bluish flowers like violas and saffron. It seems to be less prone to winterburn than other ivies I have, and it does not grow nearly as fast as the species. - A nicer alternative.