Swedish Ivy

Swedish Ivy varieties can release scents when touched. See more pictures of house plants.

Actually from the Southern Hemisphere, Swedish ivy gets its name from the fact it was first popularized in Sweden. It is a creeping, bushy plant with rounded, leathery, bright green leaves and square stems.

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Many types have a distinctive odor when touched. Its flowers are of little interest.

Pinch this plant frequently to encourage branching. Old plants readily provide stem cuttings for new plants.


Swedish Ivy Quick Facts:

Scientific Name: Plectranthus australis

Common Name: Swedish Ivy


Light Requirement for Swedish Ivy: Bright Light to Filtered Light

Water Requirement for Swedish Ivy: Evenly Moist

Humidity for Swedish Ivy: High

Temperature for Swedish Ivy: House

Fertilizer for Swedish Ivy: High Nitrogen

Potting Mix for Swedish Ivy: All-Purpose

Propagation of Swedish Ivy: Stem Cuttings

Decorative Use for Swedish Ivy: Hanging Basket, Table

Care Rating for Swedish Ivy: Easy



Larry Hodgson is a full time garden writer working out of Quebec City in the heart of French Canada where he grows well over 3,000 species and varieties. His book credits include Making the Most of Shade, The Garden Lovers Guide to Canada, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, Houseplants for Dummies, and Ortho’s Complete Guide to Houseplants, as well as other titles in English and French. He’s the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s 2006 Garden Media Award.