A species of Ivy, Also known as Common ivy, European ivy, Poet's ivy, Ivy Botanical name : Hedera helix Genus : Ivy
English ivy, A species of Ivy
Also known as:
Common ivy, European ivy, Poet's ivy, Ivy
Botanical name: Hedera helix
English ivy is the most common climber of European forests. It is a perennial woody vine with evergreen, dark, shiny lobed leaves. It utilizes aerial rootlets to attach to the tree bark with exceptional strength, helping the ivy creep more than 15 m up a tree. English ivy also grows as a forest groundcover and is invasive outside of its native range.
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The word “ivy” originates from the word “ifig” from the Anglo-Saxon language, and it has the same origin as the German word “efeu”. However, the meaning behind the word is unable to be traced back and all the lianas are called ivy to this day. In European countries, especially in the United Kingdom, it is often planted all over the exterior walls of a building. It has become characteristic for British buildings which also prompts the naming of English ivy.
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English ivy is an evergreen woody vine commonly found in gardens across temperate regions. It is prized for its deep green leaves and ability to grow in shaded areas. This climber’s dense foliage means it is suitable for coverage and ground cover. English ivy is appropriate for Victorian gardens. Plant with flowering creepers such as Climbing Rose to make a color contrast.