English ivy or common ivy, Hedera helix, is an evergreen climber that creates a leafy backdrop on walls, fences, trellises, buildings and pergolas. It can also be grown in pots or as a house plant.
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English ivy has two phases of growth. When it's young and in its 'juvenile' stage, it grows up and cling to surfaces via the tiny roots that grow along the stems. After around 10 years it becomes an 'adult' plant. The leaves change shape, becoming less lobed, and the plant becomes more shrubby. It bears yellow-green flowers in autumn and black berries from winter onwards.
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