English Ivy -Hedera Helix
English ivy, scientifically known as Hedera helix, is a woody perennial vine plant native to Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. They are very well known for their incredibly rapid spread, and their ability to climb stone walls and even other plants and trees. They are deficient maintenance, and can often thrive unattended.
Although this plant can grow in virtually any soil type, it prefers rich and loamy soil. It can grow with almost any moisture but displays its evergreen color best with consistently moist soil. This plant prefers partial to full shade.
English ivy is most famous for its incredible spread. This plant spreads by forming massive colonies. When a stem hits the ground, roots spontaneously form from the stem and sink into the ground. Even when unattended, this plant can grow 6 to 25 meters tall (20 to 80 feet) and 1 to 50 meters wide (3 to 50 feet.) Although it's known for its wall climbing, it also makes for very efficient ground cover. This plant is very good at smothering out weeds.
These are evergreen perennials. They can also serve as a ground cover. These woody vines spread in a horizontal manor and stand about 8 inches tall. They are also climbers and can climb trees with there ever growing rootlets. They can rise to heights of over 50 feet. The shiny green leaves make this plant very attractive, and they stay green all year long. Great for adding color to Winter gardens.
Pruning is necessary to keep them in a specific location. It is not however required for the over growth if you do not wish to do so. The fast-growing ground cover ability makes this plant great for helping and preventing soil erosion.
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