Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Boston ivy

Parthenocissus tricuspidata

About This Species

Zone 4a

Grow me instead of English ivy

Boston ivy is a fantastic alternative to English ivy. It easily climbs walls and structures. However, it is deciduous meaning it loses its leaves in the winter. Boston ivy is drought tolerant and thrives in a wide range of conditions, with green foliage in spring and deep red-orange-purple foliage in the fall. This spreading perennial offers beautiful seasonal interest without choking out other plant species. It “sticks” to walls and structures with round “suckers” that work like a gentle suction cup to attach the plant.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions