English ivy (Hedera helix)

General Information

Family: Ivy family (Araliaceae)
Flowering period in Central Europe: Early to late autumn
Months: 9–11

Allergy potential
Low allergenicity. If the plant is touched, contact allergy symptoms are possible.

Not known.

Botanical Information

Original distribution in Europe and Asia Minor. Neophyte in temperate climates of North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina. Low to moderate altitudes.

Habit — Root climber. Foliage — Evergreen, leaves palmately lobed in young plants, leaves become ovate to rhombic in reproductive age, upper leaf surface shiny dark green, lower leaf surface lighter. Reproduction — Semi-spherical to spherical, raceme-like inflorescence, berry fruits. Habitats — Shady deciduous forests, cliffs, cultivated in gardens (wall greening).

Caution: The entire plant is toxic!