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Hedera helix 'Buttercup'

English ivy

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Plant type

Evergreen climber


Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (12030)

Plant details

Hedera helix 'Buttercup' is one of Roy Lancaster's favourite evergreen climbers. Its large leaves are pale green when grown in shade, but in a sunny spot they turn bright yellow.Like most ivies, it can be trimmed into shape at any time of year. Be careful when handling it if you have sensitive skin as its sap can be irritating. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Hedera

Species: helix

Cultivar: Buttercup

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

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