Hedera canariensis

Photo: Ron Vanderhoff

Common names: Algerian ivy

Hedera canariensis (Algerian ivy) is a perennial woody vine (family Araliaceae) that is native to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. It is found throughout California along the coast, and is less widespread than its close relative English ivy. Algerian ivy grows vigorously in forests where nothing else seems able to compete and inhibits regeneration of understory plants, including forest wildflowers and new trees and shrubs.

Cal-IPC Rating: High?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Hedera canariensis Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Hedera canariensis (Algerian ivy) flower (close-up). Photo: &#169 2018 Neal Kramer
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    Hedera canariensis (Algerian ivy) growth habit (young plant). Photo: &#169 2018 Neal Kramer
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    Hedera canariensis (Algerian ivy) inflorescence. Photo: Ron Vanderhoff