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Wisconsin's Tropical Gardens

Plant Profile Series



Wax Ivy

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At first glance, this plant can be mistaken for regular true ivy, however upon closer inspection, the thick, waxy leaves give it away. Wax ivy is a very vigorous plant which is less affected by warm and dry conditions than its look-alike. It has either all green or variegated green and creamy white leaves. When given enough light, it produces small, yellow daisy-type flowers.

LIGHT: Wax Ivy's like bright light, even full sun in the winter. They will even tolerate light shade.

TEMPERATURE: Keep at average household temperatures with a minimum of 50° in winter.

WATER: Keep the soil moist at all times. Water less in the winter.

Wax Ivy is grown for the summer season. At that time it is available in 8" hanging baskets and occasionally in 4" clay pots.