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Common Ivy

Hedera helix

Also known as

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

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

5m

2m

Min

2m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Common Ivy Overview

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!

Common problems with Common Ivy

Generally pest and disease free.

How to harvest Common Ivy

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Common Ivy

Seed

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

Cuttings

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.

Layering

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 of Common Ivy

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

Other uses of Common Ivy

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.

Decoration

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

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