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Hedera helix/English Ivy

Hedera helix / Hedera helix
Seeds produced on old ivy canes
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Seeds produced on old ivy canes

Typical ground cover of English ivy with juvenile foliage

A fruiting cane of mature foliage with fruit

Close-up of floral buds and young fruit with a bee searching for nectar

Ivy in a planter with growth cascading over the wall of a parking garage

Likely the most popular of all ground covers for shade

A healthy planting will provide a dense mat of foliage like this

English ivy also does well planted in relatively small patches

Typical ground cover planting

Ground cover along this avenue of trees casts a heavy shade

Seeds produced on old, mature vines of English Ivy

Old mature vines hanging off of a tree trunk. This is the condition where seed pods are produced

Beautiful planting hanging over a retaining wall in North Carolina

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Scientific Name: Hedera helix
Common Name: English Ivy
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Ground covers
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: Considered a high climbing vine with aerial rootlets for attachment, it is actually a high climbing shrub. There are many leaf forms having from three to five lobes. Leaves of cultivars vary widely in different sizes and shapes. Leaves come in different shades of green, from light, to dark to variegated. They have white flowers which are followed by poisonous black berries. Used extensively as a ground cover in sun, part shade or shade areas. Also used in containers and hanging baskets.