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Heder Pastukhov (Ivy Pastukhov)


Pastuhov Ivy - Hedera pastuchowii Woronow

Category and status: 2 a - view, decreasing in numbers. The representative of the oligotypic genus of the ancient family. In Russia, it is located on the northern border of its range.

A brief description of. Evergreen woody vine. Attaches to tree trunks with the help of subordinate roots or spreads along the ground (1). Reproduction in vivo is mainly vegetative, less often seed.

Spread. In Russia, it is found only in the Republic of Dagestan. It grows on the Caspian lowland from the lower reaches of the river. Samur to train station Art. Berikey (Derbent district) and in the foothills of the Suleiman-Stalsky and Tabasaran districts. The extreme northern location was found in the foothills of the Novolaksky district on the border with the Chechen Republic, 20 km from Khasavyurt (3). Outside Russia, it is found in Eastern Transcaucasia (Azerbaijan and Eastern Georgia) and in the border regions of Northern Iran (3).

Features of ecology and phytocenology. In the delta of the Samur River grows in oak, oak-hornbeam and riverine poplar and alder forests, climbing high on trees. In delta conditions, the soil is abundantly moist. Moreover, the amount of precipitation is relatively low - about 350 mm per year. In the piedmont zone (400-1000 m asl) it grows in beech, beech-hornbeam and oak forests, on the slopes of the northern and western expositions, in protected valleys and gullies, with relatively heavy rainfall (500-700 mm) (4). Under these conditions, it usually spreads along the ground without rising above 1 m along tree trunks.

Number. About 5 species are known. The state of local populations. Populations of the species are few.

Limiting factors. Reduction of forest and shrubbery vegetation, grazing, development of mountain slopes for agricultural land and quarries for the extraction of building materials, increased erosion processes.

Security measures taken. He was listed in the Red Books of the USSR (1978, 1984) and the RSFSR (1988), as well as in the Red Book of the Republic of Dagestan (2).

Necessary security measures. Monitoring the status of populations and limiting economic activity in places where the species grows, wider introduction to culture. Reorganization of the Samursky reserve into a reserve (3).

Cultivation possibilities. Cultivated in the Botanical Garden of Moscow (GBS). Used in landscaping as an ornamental plant. In culture, propagated by cuttings (5).

Sources of information. 1. Lviv, 1977, 2. The Red Book of the Republic of Dagestan, 1998, 3. Lviv, 1988, 4. Lviv, Soloviev, 1964, 5. Plants of the Red Book. 2005. Compiled by E.V. Klyuykov, I.O. Filatova. Red Book of the Russian Federation (Plants and mushrooms)


Evergreen creeper, relict representative of the Araliev family. In nature, Pastukhov's ivy has chosen corners so poorly groomed that they opened it only in 1962. In natural habitats (Novolaksky district of Dagestan) is protected by the state.

The shoots are thin, flexible, light brown in color. The lashes climb the trees with equal willingness and spread along the ground. Reaching 10 meters, seasonal growth of 60 - 80 cm. Clinging to the subordinate roots, it climbs along tree trunks, in dense stands to the very crown, if the light is abundant - not too high, up to a meter. Unlike other ivies, avoids bare stone.

Prefers fertile soil, but is not picky. It develops slightly acidic, neutral and slightly alkaline substrates. In his native climate he tries to hide in the shade, lives in forests on the northern and western slopes of the mountains and in gorges. In Moscow, Pastukhov’s ivy also grows in the sun: it’s not so hot in the middle lane.

The leaves are simple, heart-shaped, smooth. Bright green, with intense lighting with a "marble" pattern. At the root, they are widely egg-shaped, elongated and pointed on climbing shoots, like a short wide blade.

In GBS RAS since 1976. Freezing, it is easily restored. According to the test results, it is recommended for landscaping the Moscow Region: in open ground, Pastukhov ivy vegetates 157 days a year. Gas-resistant, suitable for the design of balconies and loggias in the city.

Primary gender: Hedera
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Dagestan
The soil
  • Slightly acid substrate, you can use ready-made soil for begonias or senpolia
The size
  • from 50 to 300 cm
Flowering time
  • January to December
Possible colors
    • Medium // Acceptable direct rays for several hours, eastern, western orientation
    • Medium // Heavy watering 2-3 times a week
    Difficulty of care
    • Medium // Generally unpretentious, may present specific requirements for this type of
    Air humidity
    • Medium // Moderate humidity (at least 35%, normal street humidity in the shade)
    Fertilizer frequency
    • Medium // Fertilizer only during the period of active growth (minimum during the rest period)

    Hedera Pastukhov or ivy Pastukhov is the only species of this plant that is listed in the Red Book of Russia. On the territory of the country grows only in Dagestan. It is found in Azerbaijan, Georgia and in the north of Iran.

    The species is characterized by whole heart-shaped leaves up to 10 cm in length. There are shoots with ovoid and wide ovoid forms.

    A feature of the species is the inability to grow on rocks. His lashes are located only on trees. When decorating the premises, they need supports and additional fastening.

    Pastukhov ivy is widely used for vertical gardening.


    It is widely used for vertical gardening, phyto-decoration of trading floors. Suitable in office premises. Leaving takes a minimum of time, the bush looks neat all year round, does not give litter.

    The plasticity of the shoots allows you to form any shapes out of them, as the designer’s imagination tells you. The head is very convenient in mobile gardening - thanks to the same flexibility of the branches, which can be stacked compactly during transportation and then straightened without damaging them.

    Interesting leaves. Thin-skinned, with a dim gloss, they are polymorphic: the higher the shoots climb, the narrower the leaf blade becomes. On one plant you can find leaves are round, angular, oval, lanceolate. It seems that several different vines grow together.

    In Europe, it became possible to buy seedlings of ivy Pastukhov, or “Russian” (Russian ivy) since 1972. His very first cultivar, Ann Ala, is on sale today. The corners of the house or garden, twined by him, are cozy and attractive, without the gloomy severity characteristic of ordinary ivy.

    In a conservatory or conservatory, Hedera pastuchowii can bloom. Umbrellas made of spherical berries - the original decoration, albeit completely inedible - are sung for a whole year until they become black and gray.


    To make the pattern on the leaves appear more contrast, choose a place with bright diffused lighting. The enrichment of the soil with calcium also contributes to this.

    From September to the end of February, the plant is at rest. It is permissible to order planting material in winter or autumn. He will start to grow in March. Container seedlings will be no problem in indoor conditions. Planted in soil at stable plus temperatures.

    In the future, your vine is easy to propagate vegetatively - ivy cuttings root almost completely, especially if you help them by using stimulants.

    The soil is kept moist. It responds well to sprinkling. Old, lost foliage shoots are best trimmed - soon they will be replaced by new ones. Container maintenance requires regular top dressing with complexes for decorative deciduous.

    During the dormant period, they do not water the home vine, only periodically spray it. Pastukhov’s ivy does not suffer from pests.

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