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Hedera spp.

Hedera algeriensis 01 by Digigalos (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


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Ivy Overview

The genus Hedera comprises climbing or creeping evergreen shrubs in the Araliaceae family, with a wide distribution across Europe, North Africa and Central, South and East Asia. There are approximately 22 recognised species. Commonly known as Ivy, they have a juvenile and adult phase of growth; the former, with its characteristic lobed leaves, scrambles and clings using aerial roots and the latter self-supporting and arborescent, carrying the greenish flowers and berries. Many varieties, cultivars and hybrids are available, bred for a range of leaf shapes and variegation. Select carefully as a backdrop for other plantings or for wall cover, particularly in dry and shaded environments. Ingestion may cause severe discomfort and contact with the sap may cause skin irritation.

Common problems with Ivy

How to propagate Ivy



Special features of Ivy

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Other uses of Ivy

Covering walls and fences, and as ground cover. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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