Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ivy Plant

Trailing plants that belong to the genus Hedera, family Araliaceae, are usually known as ivies. The English ivy, H helix, native to Eurasia, is evergreen vine with handsome, glossy leaves. It is a hardy, dependable climber that clings to walls or the ground by means of aerial roots. Varieties of H. helix include "Baitica," a very hardy plant "Conlomerata, 'a slow growing dwarf variety; Hahn's Self-branching," and "Minima." which has small leaves and is used primarily for decatives purposes indoors. Algerian ivy, or Canary islands that thrives in garden of the southeastern United States.

Other species with ivyllike leaves and growth habits are American ivy or five leaves ivy, Partheriocissus quinquefolia, Boston or Japanese ivy, P. tricuspidata, Cape ivy and poison ivy. Snecio macroglossus, Gemarn ivy, Rhus toxicodendron and ivy geranium, Pelargonium peitatum.

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