Ivy (Hedera helix)

Ivy is such a good late source of food for many insects and is a habitat in itself, the shelter it provides in its twisting vine like stems.

About this species

Common ivy is a popular ornamental, valued for its ability to thrive in shady places, provide excellent groundcover and cover unsightly walls, sheds and tree stumps. Many cultivars are available, including variegated forms that can be used to brighten shady depths of winter gardens.

Long collected for winter decorations, common ivy is associated with Christmas and frequently features in festive designs. It is also an important source of food and shelter for wildlife during winter.

Ivy is not a parasite, does not normally damage sound buildings or walls, and is rarely a threat to healthy trees. Regular trimming can prevent ivy becoming too heavy, a problem that can be exacerbated by the additional weight of rain and snow.

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2 thoughts on “Ivy (Hedera helix)

  1. I’m not too sure if I agree about ivy not taking over healthy trees. It seems to be able to take over chunks of the woods here. I do agree that the flowers provide a wonderful food source at this time of year and you can see so many insects as your lovely photographs show. The perfume of the flowers is very heavy and has a honey element to it but overall I find the perfume slightly unpleasant. Aamelia

  2. It does say “Regular trimming can prevent ivy becoming too heavy, a problem that can be exacerbated by the additional weight of rain and snow.” But if its not then I see the damage it does to even healthy trees especially in high winds …………… last year I sold summer honey and autumn which contained mostly ivy .. I thought I would end up with most jars still left unsold due to the after taste the ivy leaves , but to my surprise it was in such demand and quickly sold out and was asked for again and again šŸ™‚

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