Evergreen ground cover, 8-12 inches (20-30 cm) high, and a vine to 30 ft. Leaves simple, alternate, 5-20 cm long, to 15 cm wide, thick, leathery, and smooth, base heart-shaped; juvenile leaves often 3-lobed (or even 5-7), upright vines may have leaves that are thinner and almost unlobed. Stem and the underside of leaves are covered with small, red stellate (star-shaped) or scale-like hairs. Flowers small, yellow-green, 5-parted; fruit fleshy, back.
Shade to part shade, Requires considerable pruning to keep in bounds.Has escaped cultivation in a few areas and considered a weed.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7) 8 Native to Canary Island, the Azores, and North Africa. Several cultivars are available.
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