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Ivy, English
Hedera helix

Leaves of English Ivy
Leaves of English Ivy
Used primarily for its evergreen foliage. 
Full sun to full shade. It will do best in an area where it can be protected from winter sun and wind which can damage the evergreen leaves. Prefers a moist, well drained soil. 

Numerous cultivars are available, but most are not hardy north of zone 7. Some that can by used in nothern gardens include:

  • 'Baltica'-has smaller leaves, hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Bulgaria'-leaves turn purplish in winter; hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Rumania'-hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Thorndale'-larger leaves; hardy to zone 5.
Mature Height
3-4 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
September - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Insect Relative Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Spider mites are a common and often serious problem. Scale, leaf spots and cankers are also possible.
Additional Notes
Fast growing.


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic