Swedish Ivy House Plant Identification

Overview

Despite its common name, the Swedish ivy plant originated in Australia. As a house plant, Swedish ivy works well in hanging baskets, according to Penn State University.

Identification

Scientists call the plant Plectranthus australis. Related to the lavender and mint, Swedish ivy is a member of the Lamiaceae family of plants.

Size

Indoors, the Swedish ivy plant forms long trails of vines that reach lengths of up to 3 feet, according to the University of Vermont.

Foliage

The green, rounded leaves of the Swedish ivy house plant have a glossy appearance. The leaves average lengths of 1 to 1 1/2 inches and feature a scalloped edge, reports the University of Vermont.

Flowers

When in bloom, the flowers of the Swedish ivy plant form the shape of long, thin tubes that grow together in fan-shaped bunches. The flowers of the Swedish ivy range in color from white to deep mauve.

Preferences

The Swedish ivy houseplant prefers temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, explains Penn State University. The houseplant thrives under medium to intense sunlight, with slightly moist soils and fertilizer applied every three to four months.

References

  • Texas A&M University: Swedish Ivy
  • University of Vermont: Plectranthus australi
  • Penn State University: Swedish Ivy
Keywords: swedish ivy, plectranthus australis, lamiaceae family, house plants for hanging baskets

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