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Swedish Ivy - Plectranthus

Swedish Ivy – Plectranthus

Name: Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
Type:
Perennial

Growth habit: Most of us are familiar with Swedish Ivy (also known by the common name “Creeping Charlie”) as a houseplant, though in some warmer climates it is an outside plant grown in the garden or as a wild ground cover. Its foliage is leathery but brittle, almost like a succulent, with often with red-purple stems and bright green leaves. It is also sometimes seen in variegated varieties. Plectranthus has a tailing nature and makes a nice plant for a hanging basket. If conditions are right, your plectranthus might treat you to an occasional spike of white or pink flowers.

Light level: bright indirect light, preferably sunlight but will also tolerate some artificial lighting.

Water: Moderate. To avoid leaf drop, avoid over watering.

Fertilization: Use a water soluble fertilizer formulated for houseplants once per month.

Planting medium: Any good quality well-draining potting soil should suffice.

Common afflictions: mildew, spider mites, mealy bugs

Pruning: Some could benefit from an occasional “hair cut” or light pruning once per year to maintain a manageable shape and size.

Swedish Ivy Facts:  Despite it’s common name, Swedish Ivy is neither Swedish nor Ivy. Instead, it is native to Africa and is more closely related to mint than to ivy!


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2 Responsesso far.

  1. judy smalls says:

    Where can I purchase swedish ivy plants?

  2. Indigo says:

    Hi Judy,

    Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus) is an easy one to root from a cutting. If you know someone who has one, maybe just ask for a cutting. Most plectranthus parents would be happy to give their plant a haircut. 😉 If that’s not a possibility, it looks like Lowe’s has 1.5 gallon buckets of them right now.

    ~Indi

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