Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

English Ivy

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Groundcover
  • Scientific Name: Hedera helix Play audio of plant name
  • Family: English Ivy
  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 6"
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Partial to full shade. Requires a protected location.

  • Notes:

    An elegant ground cover with dark evergreen foliage requiring a location protected from winter wind and sun. There is considerable variation in hardiness among cultivars, the hardiest being: 'Bulgaria', 'Thorndale' and 'Hebron'.

  • How much sun can a shade-loving groundcover tolerate?:

    Many of the ground covers listed here for shade will tolerate growing in full sun, but should not be planted in such a location for three main reasons:

    1. 1. Many are broadleaf evergreens, therefore exposure to winter wind and sun will often damage the foliage and possibly kill the plant.
    2. 2. These plants are poorly adapted to dry conditions which are more likely to be encountered in sunny locations.
    3. 3. Weeds may become a problem within a ground cover planting in sun where weed seeds can germinate and better compete with the ground cover.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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