Common Ivy - Hedera helix

    Alternative names

    A woody climber to 30 metres, though often less. Leaves deep shiny green and leathery, often with paler veins, those of immature plant often 3 to 5 lobed, those of mature flowering branches are heart shaped or elliptical and all untoothed. Flowers yellowish-green with yellow anthers, 7 to 9 mm, borne in small, rather dense umbels, petals eventually reflexed. Fruit globose, 6 to 8 mm dull black when ripe in bunches.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, hedgerows, walls and old buildings.

    When to see it

    September to November.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 591 of the 617 tetrads.

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