Hedera hibernica

Irish ivy

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

A lovely ground cover plant, Irish ivy has dark green leaves that have five points. To grow as ground cover, pin down the shoots and they will quickly take root. Alternatively, it can also be grown as a climber. As with most ivies, it can be trimmed into shape at any time of year. Those with sensitive skin should be careful when handling it, as the sap can be irritating. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Hedera

Species: hibernica

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark 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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

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