Cissus rhombifolia ‘Ellen Danica’

Grape Ivy 'Ellen Danica'

An attractive and forgiving indoor plant, perfect for lighting up a trickier lightly shaded corner of any home. The silvery green oak-like leaves are glossy with an unusual light bronze fuzz, and spill in mounding tendrils to great effect from hanging baskets or shelves.

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Origin: American Tropics
Genus: Cissus
Species / Cultivar: rhombifolia 'Ellen Danica'
Common Name: Grape Ivy 'Ellen Danica'
Synonym: Rhoicissus rhomboidea 'Ellen Danica'

Plant Biography

‘Ellen Danica’ is a compact cultivar of the more vigorous species plant Cissus rhombifolia, found in tropical regions of South and Central America and the Caribbean islands. Its tropical heritage explains a preference for some humidity, although this plant is surprisingly tolerant of average household conditions.

Cissus rhombifolia 'Ellen Danica'
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 10-24°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This plant can be left to trail or trained to climb over any structure, making it a very versatile choice for making the best use of space indoors.

Make sure you take care to let the soil dry out between watering and do not leave sitting in water for long periods as tropical Cissus species can be susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Otherwise this is a very tough and easygoing plant that makes a great choice for beginners.

Expert Tip

When repotting, be sure to choose an indoor compost that has plenty of drainage material - or add your own such as perlite, grit or hydroleca.