Persian Ivy - Hedera colchica


Hedera colchica has much larger and lighter leaves than our common Ivy (Hedera helix). It shares the same climbing habit, but its root system does not allow it to cling as firmly as Hedera helix.  From our observations it would seem that the leaves of this species often have a rather limp, drooping, slightly inwardly curled appearance even though they are in a healthy state.

Identification difficulty

On tree trunks and old walls. Often an escape from cultivation and seen near to habitation, however, as it is hardy and can live to 400 years it may well be capable of spreading more widely in the wild.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History


UK Status

Scattered but fairly widespread distribution in Britain, mainly as an escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland and probably increasing. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map