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English ivy

Hedera helix and cvs.

HED-er-ah HEE-liks

English ivy is a self-clinging climber or trailing perennial with almost flat, palmately 5-lobed leaves. Cultivars are available with varying leaf form, color, and variegation, as well as use and climbing habit.

CareThrives in fertile, rich, moist but well-drained soil, but tolerates a variety of conditions. Variegated cultivars prefer more light, and darker green varieties tolerate shade.

PropagationRoot 4- to 6-inch semi-ripe cuttings of juvenile growth from spring to autumn.

ProblemsBacterial spot, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, and scale insect. Deer may eat the foliage.

  • Genus : Hedera
  • Zones : 10, 11, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Vines

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