Calico Cat ivy

Calico Cat ivy

March 7, 2014

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Calico Cat ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Calcazam,’ has more than nine lives with its ability to be used in a multitude of ways in the landscape. For landscape designers looking for something unusual, Calico Cat can be used as a groundcover since it naturalizes easily, growing 15-20 feet wide with its spreading habit. It looks great spilling over a wall or tucked into rock garden settings. Use Calico Cat as an alternative for screening purposes or trained over an arbor since it can reach 20-30 feet in height. Calico Cat can also fit puuurfectly into mixed perennial and annual hanging baskets. It can help create a continuous flowing waterfall of colorful foliage.

It’s hardy in USDA Hardiness Zone 3. It prefers full sun to keep it covered with delicately mottled foliage of white, pink and burgundy on red stemmed tendrils. Its inconspicuous green summer flowers are followed by blue-black fruit attractive to songbirds. Calico Cat’s foliage provides three seasons of interest. While fast growing, it is less vigorous than some other climbing vines and can easily be controlled.