Atlantic Ivy - Hedera hibernica

    Alt Name
    Irish Ivy, Hedera helix ssp. hibernica

    Similar in most respects to Common Ivy (Hedera helix) but Atlantic Ivy has a leaf that is slightly broader than it is long, and has a shorter terminal lobe.

    Similar Species

    Common Ivy (Hedera helix).  Although both species have tiny white leaf hairs, their shape is different. In Common Ivy, the leaf hairs (known as trichomes) are bristly, radiating in every direction whereas those of Irish Ivy lie flat on the leaf surface. These leaf hairs can be seen with a magnifying glass.

    Identification difficulty

    Climbing from the base of walls, fences, tree trunks and in dampish shady places such as ditches.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Evergreen perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map