Ivy - Hedera helix
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English ivy is an evergreen climbing vine. Vines attach to the bark of
trees, brickwork, and other surfaces by way of numerous, small rootlike
structures, which exude a gluelike substance. Older vines are known to
reach a foot in diameter. Leaves are dark green, waxy, somewhat leathery,
and are arranged alternately along the stem. English ivy has many recognized
leaf forms, the most common being a 3-lobed leaf with a heart-shaped base.
Leaves in full sun are often unlobed, oval and have wedge-shaped bases.
Umbrella-like clusters of small, greenish-white flowers appear in the
fall if sufficient sunlight is available. Fruits mature in Spring and
are black with a fleshy outer covering enclosing one to a few hard, stone-like
English ivy was probably first introduced to the US by European immigrants
and is widely sold as an ornamental plant for landscapes throughout the
Links to more information
US Army Corp Noxious Plant
PCA Alien Plant
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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers