English Ivy

 

   English ivy, or Hedera helix, is low and fast growing. The English ivy has fan-shaped leaves which and silvery green, and arranged alternately along a tough brown stem. The English ivy is trailing and is often used as a hanging ivy or ground cover.

   The English ivy will also grow up walls and fences, giving a nice, natural look to the border of a garden. English ivy is extremely adaptable when it comes to soil type, water, and sunlight. The English ivy is most hardy in zones five through eleven.

   One thing to note about English ivy is that it can be extremely toxic to humans and animals. This is not common to all English ivy, but special precautions need to be taken in every case. Make sure that any pets do not eat the berries or leaves of the English ivy, as this is where the toxins will be. If a pet or child is observed eating part of this plant, contact a poison control center immediately.

   The versatility of the English ivy makes it one of the most common of the ivies. This is the vine that gives many colleges their ‘halls of ivy’ appearance and also covers many walls throughout the country. The English ivy will grow up houses easily, and may even enter through open windows. Trimming will help to prevent this ivy from growing out of control.

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