Variegated Swedish Ivy
Plectranthus coleoides 'Variegata'
Variegated Swedish Ivy foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 8 inches
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 9b
Other Names: Candle Vine, Candlestick Vine
Features & Attributes
Variegated Swedish Ivy's attractive small tomentose round leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of lime green throughout the year. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
This is an herbaceous houseplant with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with less refined foliage. This plant can be pruned at any time to keep it looking its best.
Planting & Growing
When grown indoors, Variegated Swedish Ivy can be expected to grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and may die if left in standing water for any length of time. This plant should be watered when the surface of the soil gets dry, and will need watering approximately once each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.
-- THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --