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botanical name:
Hedera helix
Hedera helix © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Common Ivy, English Ivy
family:  Araliaceae
characteristics: climber, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 10.00m
width: 10.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: climber
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: light green
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown & green
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 10
The well know ivy native to much of Europe. Vigorous self-clinging climber and also creates good ground cover. Dark green lobed leaves which become more ovate in shape as the plant reaches its "adult" form. Mature plants produce flowering umbels of yellowish green flowers, developing to purple-black berries. The species is naturally variable in form and has produces many attractive cultivars.

Tolerant of very wide range of conditions, including dry shade. Can be slow growing at first, becoming vigorous once established.

Important as a habitat and food resource in the wild and in the wildlife garden.

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