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Indoor Ivy Plant Types

By Tarah Damask ; Updated September 21, 2017
Certain ivy plant types are more suitable for indoor growing.
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When searching for indoor ivy plant types, realize that their versatility is twofold; not only is there variety in ivy cultivars for indoor use, but the way in which ivy can be displayed is also diverse. They can be potted, hung in baskets, placed on a trellis, or used in topiary, according to the Clemson University Extension. Indoor ivy thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and prefers nutrient-rich houseplant potting mix with good drainage.

Algerian Ivy

Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis), also referred to as Canary Island ivy, is an indoor ivy plant type that displays large glossy leaves that resemble the shape of a heart and reach a length of 4 to 6 inches. Algerian ivy has a rapid growth rate, so it's best displayed indoors in a hanging basket. A widely used gray/green cultivar is Glore de Marengo.

English Ivy

English ivy (Hedera helix) is a widely used indoor ivy plant type available in hundreds of cultivars that are diverse in color, shape and size. Some cultivars of English ivy include Calico (small, triple-lobed leaves with white centers), Curly Locks (large leaves that curl), Jubilee (a miniature cultivar with gray/green leaves and cream-hued edges), and Spectre, (a large-leafed, cream and grey clumping ivy).

Nepal Ivy

Nepal ivy (Hedera nepalensis) is an indoor ivy plant type with a delicate aesthetic quality. Its gray/green leaves atop thin stems create an appearance of lace when placed in a hanging basket.

Irish Ivy

Though usually grown for outdoor use, Irish ivy is well known as an indoor plant thanks to the cultivar Sweetheart Ivy. Another indoor cultivar is Deltoidea, which has a slow growth rate, and displays dark, textured leaves.


About the Author


Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.