Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo' foliage
How to grow Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo'

Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo' is one of the most popular of all the ornamental, large-leaved ivies. The species Hedera canariensis is native to the Atlantic coast of northern Africa and Canary islands and as such the 'Gloire de Marengo' is not as hardy as many of its other closely related species and cultivars.

Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo' garden
Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo'
It is a vigorous, evergreen climbing plant able reach a height of between 2.5-4 metres once established. It will be happy trained up a trellis, garden wall, over a fence, or allowed to spread across the soil as ground cover.

When grown in northern European climates, Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo' will require a warm, sheltered position in either full sun or partial shade. Try to avoid heavy shade, as light helps to bring out the variegation.

It will be happy in most ordinary garden soils, so long as they are moist and well-drained. New planted specimens may require watering during their first year during warm, dry spells.

In regions which experience periods of prolonged, freezing temperatures, foliage and new seasons growth can be damaged in hard winters, although it will reliably re-grow back in the spring. However to maintain the quality of the plant's colourful, glossy leaves, it is advisable to plant Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo' against a south-facing wall. The additional protection of horticultural fleece may also be required.

Pot grown specimens are best planted in mild weather from September to March.

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