Ivy Geranium Pelargonium 'Hederinum Variegatum' (I/v)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Pelargonium 'Hederinum Variegatum', commonly known as ivy-leaved geranium or variegated ivy geranium, is a visually striking plant that is popular for its decorative foliage and blooming habit. The leaves of this plant are particularly eye-catching, being variegated with a mix of green and white or cream colors. This variegation can give the leaves a marbled or patchy pattern which provides visual interest even when the plant isn't blooming. The ivy-leaved geranium has a trailing or spreading growth habit, and its stems are typically adorned with glossy leaves that have a waxy texture. The shape of the leaves resembles that of ivy, with a lobed and somewhat heart-shaped appearance, which contributes to the plant's common name. Flowers produced by the ivy-leaved geranium add to its ornamental value. Blooms can be found in a range of colors including various shades of pink, red, lavender, and white. These flowers are usually grouped together in clusters called umbels and can provide a continuous display of color throughout the growing season under the right conditions. Each individual flower is rather rounded, with five petals that sometimes may have streaks or patterns, further enhancing the plant’s decorative appeal. Overall, the ivy-leaved geranium's combination of variegated foliage and vibrant flowers makes it a popular choice for hanging baskets, containers, and as a component in mixed plantings where its cascading foliage can drape attractively over the edges.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Variegated Ivy Geranium, Variegated Ivy-Leaf Pelargonium.

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Hederinum Variegatum'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly referred to as Ivy Geranium is not considered highly toxic to humans. However, if ingested, it can potentially cause mild digestive upset, which may result in nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. It is generally advised to keep houseplants out of reach of young children who may inadvertently eat plant parts.

    • To pets

      Ivy Geranium is considered to be mildly toxic to pets. If your pet consumes this plant, it could lead to gastrointestinal irritation, which may manifest as vomiting, diarrhea, or a loss of appetite. It is advisable to keep this plant away from pets to prevent any potential discomfort or health issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: Variegated Ivy Geraniums have striking patterns and colors on their leaves, adding aesthetic value to gardens and homes.
    • Easy to Grow: They are relatively easy to care for and can thrive with minimal attention, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Ivy Geraniums are quite drought resistant, requiring less frequent watering than many other plants.
    • Versatility: They can be grown in hanging baskets, containers, or as ground cover, providing flexibility in landscape design.
    • Long Blooming Period: Ivy Geraniums produce flowers from spring to fall, offering prolonged periods of visual interest.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blooms can attract bees and butterflies, contributing to the health of the local ecosystem.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Plant Pressing and Art - The variegated leaves of ivy geranium can be pressed and preserved for use in botanical artworks or decorative crafts.
    • Photography Prop - Ivy geraniums, with their striking variegation, can serve as an excellent prop or background in plant photography to add texture and color contrast.
    • Vegetable Dye - The pigments in the leaves and flowers of ivy geranium may be used to naturally dye fabrics or paper, yielding unique colors and patterns.
    • Education - Ivy geraniums can be used to teach botany and horticulture principles, such as variegation, plant propagation, and growth habits.
    • Culinary Garnish - Though not commonly consumed, edible parts of the ivy geranium can be used as a decorative garnish for culinary dishes.
    • Temporary Tattoos - The juice from the leaves of ivy geranium can be used to create natural temporary tattoos or skin art for cosmetic purposes.
    • Relaxing Hobby - Growing and caring for ivy geranium can offer a therapeutic and relaxing hobby for gardeners, improving mental well-being.
    • Crafting Material - The stems and flowers of ivy geranium can be incorporated into wreaths, floral arrangements, or other craft projects.
    • Scented Sachets - Dried ivy geranium flowers can be added to scented sachets to impart a pleasant fragrance to drawers and closets.
    • Insect Deterrent - Some gardeners use ivy geraniums around the garden or home as they believe the scent may help deter certain insects.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Ivy Geranium is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Ivy Geranium is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Comfort: The soft, heart-shaped leaves of the Ivy-Leaved Geranium, which is a common name for Pelargonium 'Hederinum Variegatum', may symbolize comfort and reassurance, as the plant's lush foliage can create a sense of tranquility and a comfortable atmosphere.
    • Friendship: Much like classic geraniums, the Ivy-Leaved Geranium can be associated with friendship, due to its amicable and easy-to-share nature. Gardeners often exchange cuttings, underscoring the plant's role in bonding and relationships.
    • Good Health: Historically, geraniums have been planted for their supposed medicinal properties, and thus, the Ivy-Leaved Geranium may carry associations with good health and restoration.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Ivy geraniums require moderate watering, and it's crucial to let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. Typically, watering once a week with about 16 ounces of water would suffice for a medium-sized pot. However, in hotter, drier seasons, more frequent watering may be necessary. Ensure the water is poured directly onto the soil and not on the foliage to prevent leaf rot or fungal diseases. During the winter, when the plant is not actively growing, reduce watering frequency to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Ivy geranium enjoys bright, indirect sunlight and will thrive in a spot that receives plenty of light without the harsh midday sun. An east or west-facing window where the morning or afternoon sun filters through is ideal. If grown outdoors, place in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade to protect it from the intense heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Ivy geranium fares well in a range of temperature conditions, thriving best between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 30 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from frost. Maximum temperatures for the plant should not exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods to prevent heat stress and wilting.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Ivy geranium regularly to promote bushier growth and remove any yellowed or dead leaves and spent blooms to maintain its appearance and health. The best time to prune is in early spring before new growth starts, which encourages more robust and fuller plants. Generally, pruning can be done every few months to keep the plant in shape and encourage flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Ivy-leaved Geranium prefers a soil mix with equal parts peat, perlite, and potting soil ensuring good drainage. A soil pH of 6.0 to 7.5 is ideal for these plants.

  • plantRepotting

    Ivy-leaved Geraniums should be repotted every one to two years, ideally in spring before the onset of the active growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Ivy-leaved Geraniums thrive at average room humidity levels; they do not require high humidity environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and good airflow for indoor Ivy-leaved Geraniums.

    • Outdoor

      Place in a sunny spot with some afternoon shade outdoors.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Pelargonium 'Hederinum Variegatum', also known as the Variegated Ivy-Leaved Geranium, begins with seed germination, where the seed must be sown in well-draining soil and kept at a warm temperature with adequate moisture. Following germination, the seedling emerges and gradually develops true leaves, at this stage it requires bright light but should be protected from direct sunlight. As the plant grows, it enters the vegetative stage where foliage expands and the distinctive variegated leaves become more pronounced; regular watering and fertilization are necessary for robust growth. The reproductive stage sees the plant producing clusters of flowers, which can be encouraged by ample sunlight and occasionally deadheading spent blooms to promote further flowering. After flowering, if the plant is allowed to set seed, it can then go through seed dispersal, completing the cycle. However, as a cultivated variety, it is often propagated through cuttings, bypassing the seed stage and ensuring genetic consistency.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Pelargonium 'Hederinum Variegatum', commonly known as Variegated Ivy Geranium, is most frequently propagated through stem cuttings. This method is favored due to its simplicity and effectiveness. To propagate Variegated Ivy Geranium by stem cuttings, a healthy, non-flowering stem is selected. The stem should be about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long and should be cut just below a node, where the leaves attach to the stem. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is often dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then placed in well-draining potting mix or directly into water until roots form. Once the roots are well-established, which takes about a few weeks, the new plants can be transplanted into individual pots or into the garden.