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Hedera helix (Common English ivy)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Hedera helix

Other names

Common English ivy

Genus

Hedera Hedera

Species

H. helix - H. helix is a vigourous evergreen climbing shrub with dark-green five-lobed leaves and insignificant cream flowers in late summer to early autumn, followed by black berries.


Hedera helix is: Evergreen

Habit

Climbing, Trailing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; contact may irritate the skin.

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Scale insects , Vine weevil Aphids , Scale insects , Vine weevil

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Hedera helix (Common English ivy) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Foliage only, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wallside and trellises, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in any soil in any aspect. This vigorous plant may be invasive.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Hedera helix

Other names

Common English ivy

Genus

Hedera Hedera

Species

H. helix - H. helix is a vigourous evergreen climbing shrub with dark-green five-lobed leaves and insignificant cream flowers in late summer to early autumn, followed by black berries.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Climbing, Trailing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; contact may irritate the skin.


Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Scale insects , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Hedera helix (Common English ivy) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Foliage only, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wallside and trellises, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in any soil in any aspect. This vigorous plant may be invasive.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Hedera helix (Common English ivy)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Hedera helix (Common English ivy)

Common pest name

Black scale; Coffee scale; black; Nigra scale

Scientific pest name

Parasaissetia nigra

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Present at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for in excess of 100 years. Candidate for deregulation.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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