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Purpurea Boston Ivy Seed - 15 Count


Boston Ivy - ‘Purpurea’
Vitaceae Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Ivy, Wall Ivy, Bostonian Ivy, Old Ivy, Purpurea

Description: A strong-growing, self-clinging vine adhering itself to supports by means of adhesive pads at the ends of leaf tendrils. Tall-growing, it reaches a height of 10-20m (1-2m of annual growth). Healthy and undemanding species, unlikely to freeze during sever winters. The leaves turn dark red during the summertime to provide a stunning contrast to standard Boston Ivy, with the variegation being more dramatic in a sunny position. Excellent on buildings, but is also suitable for growing over arbors, pergolas and various supports.
USDA Zone: 3a – 9b
Growth Habit: Climbing or carpeting vine
Form: A climbing vine that may reach up to 50 feet tall
Growth Rate: Rapid
Elevation: 9000'
Height: Unlimited
Spread: Unlimited
Flowers: Very small and neutrally colored.
Leaf: Alternate, simple or compound, coarsely serrated, 4 to 8 inches wide, 3-lobed (or trifoliate), shiny bright red.
Flower: Small, green and borne in clusters on long stems, appearing in late May to mid August.
Bark: Smooth, gray-brown, corky raised lenticels.
Twig: Slender, light reddish-brown, numerous lenticels, tendrils with adhesive pads are apparent opposite the bud scars, leaf scars are round and concave.
Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: 6.1 – 7.6 pH. Will grow in almost any soil type, sand, loam, clay, and barren soils.  Tolerates marine (Salt) environments well.
Fruit: A blue-black berry, 1/4 to 1/3 inch across, 1 to 2 seeds.
Container Growable: Yes
Propagation: Start seed in potting soil or soil amended with compost.  Keep moist and warm to expedite germination.  When ivy is 3 – 6 inches, it can be transplanted to its permanent location.
Water: Keep watered and support if drought conditions are present during first month of growing, after the plant is established, it is very drought tolerant and is readily used in Xeriscaping landscapes.
Discussion: A wonderful vine with elegant, dark green glossy foliage that turns a radiant red in fall. Blue berries are visible in fall following leaf drop and provide food for birds. Unlike Virginia creeper, Boston ivy's holdfasts are tenacious allowing it to turn the mundane side of a masonry building into a stately wall of foliage. If allowed will grow to impressive size. The means by which vines climb can be divided into two broad categories: those that twine around a supporting structure, and those that hold onto structures by use of either holdfasts or aerial roots. Twining: Twining vines wrap around a support using tendrils, petioles or the stem of the vine. These vines require a support structure that facilitates twining such as a fence, arbor or trellis. When these vines become overgrown they can be renewed by cutting the entire plant back severely in early spring. Holdfasts: This group of vines attach using holdfasts or aerial roots, structures that fasten the vine stem by sticking directly to a structure. These vines can affix to almost any surface, but are best used on masonry.

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  • Model: IVY-PURPUR
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 479 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: 4FH - Organic & Naturals

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