Hedera helix 'Perkeo' - Ornamental ivy

An interesting and original curiosity for ground cover. Light-green, cupped, ear-like leaves. Beautiful winter colors.

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Ornamental ivy, Hedera helix 'Perkeo

Ivy, Hedera helix 'Perkeo' is an interesting curiosity in ground cover, spreading its stems flush with the ground, the cupped leaves resembling ears.
Light green leaves, cupped with red stems and veins, bushy habit. Beautiful winter colors.
Its characteristic foliage persists in dry, poor soil; in more favorable situations, vigorous shoots have 3-lobed leaves.
Sport de 'Ralf'.

Ivy, Hedera helix 'Perkeo', an original

First, the foliage

The vast majority of ivy plants have foliage cut into 3, 5 or 7 lobes. But Hedera helix 'Perkeo' is an exception, with its almost round leaves. This is a rare feature in ivy. But that's not all. Most ivy leaves are flat. Not so with 'Perkeo', whose leaves are curved, embossed or bumpy. Some see them as ears. But rest assured, they're not listening! The fact remains that 'Perkeo' is not lacking in charm, with its tender green foliage in spring, which takes on beautiful orange hues in winter. It's even prettier when the red veins that criss-cross it stand out.

But also behavior

As you've often noticed, ivy plants have only one desire: to climb. These shady plants crawl along until they find a tree, wall or post - in short, a support from which they can finally gain access to a little more light. Here too, Hedera helix 'Perkeo' is an exception. It forms a thick, bush-like clump, but doesn't particularly try to climb. As such, it's an excellent choice for those looking for ground cover that doesn't attack trees, even if the ivy doesn't harm the trees it climbs.
 

And his frugality

Ivy plants usually thrive in undergrowth, where the soil is rich in humus from decomposing tree branches and leaves. Perkeo' doesn't dislike this kind of situation. But it will then behave like ordinary ivy with lobed leaves, losing its originality. On the other hand, it's in poor, even dry soil that it will be at its best, with its original leaves and habit.

Ivy, Hedera helix 'Perkeo', will prove to you that there is great diversity among ivies and that you can create original and permanent decorations by choosing well from the very rich range of different ports, different foliage, different colors, different behaviors...

Another ivy with almost the same characteristics as 'Perkeo': Hedera helix 'Ralf'. Perkeo' ivy is a mutation of 'Ralf'.

Further information

Weight ND
Usage

Ground cover

Foliage

Atypical, Curly or wavy, Red in winter, Green

Specific

Curiosity, Compact size

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