English Ivy, Common Ivy, Klimop (Afr.)
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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!
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.
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.
Europe, Western Asia
Temperate shade areas
Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
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.
Yellow, White, Green
Generally pest and disease free.