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Proven Accents® Variegated Swedish Ivy

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 4 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 6 - 18 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 30 Inches
  • Growing Zones 9 - 10
  • Use As A Filler In Containers

Swedish Ivy is a great low-maintenance addition to hanging baskets or other mixed containers and planters. The thick leaves of brightly variegated green and white remain fresh and perky even in high heat and humidity. The trailing habit of Plectranthus coleoides is a great spiller element and blends fantastically with a wide range of annuals and tender perennials to give your patio or deck the right finishing touch. 

Swedish Ivy is a tender perennial in the USDA zones 9-10, although it is mainly sold as an annual or houseplant in other areas. The highly variegated foliage strongly resembles its more famous cousin, Coleus, and can be quickly started in water by cuttings during any time of the year. Deer and rabbits rarely bother Swedish Ivy, even if planted in the garden bed as a groundcover. Overwintering Swedish Ivy as a houseplant is an easy way to keep this plant going from year to year. Indoors, Swedish Ivy prefers a full-sun position near an east, south, or west-facing window. 

Proven Accents® Variegated Swedish Ivy Care

Swedish Ivy grows well in either full sun or part shade, making it versatile for containers in exposed locations such as a sunny porch or balcony. Well-drained, lightweight potting soil should be used in containers or hanging baskets. Swedish Ivy planted in the garden bed will also require excellent drainage and average fertility. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer once a month to replace nutrients leached from the soil by regular watering. Look for a formulation with a balanced NPK ratio, such as 5-5-5. Pinch back the tips of Swedish Ivy as needed to encourage dense foliage and a tidy shape. Pale lavender flowers may appear late in the summer and should be removed to keep the foliage growing vigorously. 

Swedish Ivy easily transitions from outdoors to indoor growing. When the nighttime temperatures hit 60 degrees F, bring the plant indoors. Watering can be reduced to once every 7-10 days, depending on the humidity level in the house. Reduce fertilizing to once every 3-4 months until the spring.

Proven Accents® Variegated Swedish Ivy Spacing

Swedish Ivy is the perfect spiller element in a mixed seasonal container. The overall height is 18 inches with a spread of 30 inches. When grown as a groundcover in the garden, space the plants 18 inches apart on center to ensure good coverage for the season. Swedish Ivy in a hanging basket or container will grow fine in far less space. Allow one plant per 10-inch basket or pot. Larger baskets of 16 or more inches should be used for mixed seasonal designs. 

Proven Accents® Variegated Swedish Ivy Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 - 10
Plant Type: Annual
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 4 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 6 - 18 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 30 Inches
Spacing: 16 - 20 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description: Purple - but grown for foliage not flowers
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green, White
Foliage Description: Green and White Variegated
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Bees
Container Role: Filler
Uses: Containers
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Brand: Proven Winners
Common Name: Proven Accents® Variegated Swedish Ivy
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Plectranthus coleoides

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped, just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note, plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly. 

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Guarantee and Warranty

Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


Get your order in early to reserve your plants for Spring planting!

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an automated email with tracking information. 

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations