Common Ivy

Hedera helix

Bentwood, Bindwood, Common English Ivy, English Ivy, Ivory, Ivy, Ivy Gum Plant, Love United

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Ivy is a great ground-cover plant, often used to hide unsightly walls and buildings where it also serves as a natural insulator. It prefers to grow in shade, making it a common sight in woodland, and perfect for winter gardens. The evergreen leaves are often used in decorations - even used in Christmas wreaths. This plant is an important source of food for birds and bees in autumn and winter, it is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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Flowering time


Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter


Generally not harvested



Seeds can be scattered in moist, shady areas in early spring.


Removing the stem, leaf or root of the ivy and planting in moist soil will allow a new plant to grow. This is the most successful and easiest method of propagation.


Allow a growing shoot to touch soil - by covering with with a bit of soil or rock, it will send roots from nodes underground. As soon as it is well-rooted, cut from the otherplant and replant.

Special features

Attracts birds

The fruits are an important food source for birds in late Autumn and Winter.

Attracts useful insects

Many insects use the dense foliage as shelter over Winter.

Ground cover

Attracts bees

Special features


Europe, Western Asia

Natural climate

Temperate shade areas



Partial Sun, Full Shade, Full Sun

Soil moisture


Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness




Popular greening decoration for functions and special events - the leaves are hardy and will not wilt too quickly.


A low maintenance plant that is an excellent ground cover plant for banks/slopes/under shrubs/trees. It can also be trained through wire fencing or up trellis/wooden fencing to create an attractive living screen. Suits wildlife friendly gardens as well as cottage garden styles.




Flower colour

Yellow, White, Green




Generally pest and disease free.
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