Purple Swedish Ivy foliage
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Plant Height: 15 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Vick's Plant, Candleplant, Spur Flower
Attractive spikes of lavender flowers are impressive when massed above soft green and white foliage that’s tinged with purple; mounded form should be occasionally trimmed to maintain shape; a lovely addition to the garden or containers; heat tolerant
Purple Swedish Ivy features showy spikes of lavender flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to late fall. Its attractive serrated pointy leaves remain green in color with showy white variegation and tinges of purple throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Purple Swedish Ivy is an herbaceous annual with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Purple Swedish Ivy is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Purple Swedish Ivy will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.
Purple Swedish Ivy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.