Scientific Name: Hedera helix
Common Name: English ivy
Family Name: Araliaceae
Origin: Europe, Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover, Indoor foliage plant, Invasive plant, Vine or climber
Mature Size: 5 - 7m x 3 - 4m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Spreading
Form: Climbing, Creeping / Mat-like, Mounded
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Arbors or trellis, Attract beneficial insects, Attract birds, Container planting, Erosion control, Filler, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Indoor plant, Rock garden, Winter interest
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Alternate, Leathery, Pinnate venation, Palmate venation, Lustrous, Pubescent, Elliptic, Ovate, Entire, Pinnately lobed
Flowers: Umbel, Green-yellow, Sep-Oct
Fruit: Drupe, Black, Mar-Apr
Key ID Features:
Invasive evergreen ground cover or climber that freely roots at leaf nodes; leaves alternate, mostly ovate (some almost triangular), most blades 6-10cm wide x 3-7cm wide, glossy; juvenile foliage 3-5 lobed; matue foliage unlobed, dark green (cultivars variegated mid-green/silver-gray variegation/white margins); flowers tiny, 5-lobed in yellow-green umbel clusters in fall; black drupes ripening in spring, about 7mm wide.