English ivy Araliaceae Hedera
helix L. symbol: HEHE
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen and thickened, 2 to 4 inches long, shiny dark green to blue green above with pale veins and lighter green below; juvenile leaves are unlobed, leaves on flowering branches are lobed or unlobed and ovate.
Flower: Perfect, small, greenish white, in round clusters; appearing in fall.
Fruit: Round black drupes, 1/4 inch across; ripen over winter.
Twig: Slender, light green but later turning light brown with aerial rootlets.
Bark: Light brown slightly rough and finely scaly with numerous rootlets at the nodes.
Form: A low spreading ground cover that can also climb high onto buildings and trees using aerial roots.
Looks like: wintercreeper
- Boston ivy
| Additional Range Information:
Hedera helix is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting English ivy.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson