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Hedera helix (Ivy, Hedera)

Hedera helix (Ivy, Hedera)

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Type Climber, Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant
Size Climbing or Spreading Plant
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Hedera helix Description

This native evergreen grows in abundance over pretty much everything! It will flourish in sun or shade and makes an attractive and easy to manage evergreen cover for ground or wall. Great for wildlife and quick to get going.


Hedera helix - Cultivation Notes

Ivy will flourish in most garden soils, but prefer a moist yet well drained fertile soil that is not to alkaline. Hedera will survive heavy shade or full sun, growing as ground cover or climbing plants over walls or trellis, where it can provide an attractive all year foliage cover . Prune to shape at any time of year.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Hedera helix:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Hedera helix

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Hedera helix:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils

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Common Missspellings: Hedora, Headera, Hedara, Headora, Hedira, Hedorra