English ivy – Hedera helix

English ivy

Hedera helix L.
Araliaceae (Ginseng family)

Life cycle

Climbing, evergreen perennial vine.

Leaves

Alternate, evergreen leaves are dark green, leathery and waxy with white veins. Leaves may be unlobed to three- to five-lobed, depending on the maturity of the plant.

Stems

High climbing, woody vines are supported by aerial roots. Stems may be extremely long and reach up to 1 foot in diameter on old plants.

Flowers and fruit

White to green flowers are small and inconspicuous. Berrylike fruit are black and contain few seeds. The flowers and fruit are rarely seen.

Reproduction

Seeds and root sprouts.

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English ivy leaf
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Ivy rooting at nodes
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English ivy growing on tree
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New growth

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