English Ivy is a perennial evergreen vine that is commonly cultivated throughout North America. It frequently escapes and becomes invasive in natural areas, particularly near uban centres.
Evergreen climbing shrub with short aerial roots; stems up to 30 m tall.
Stem leaves alternate, evergreen, entire to 3-5 lobed, 4-10 cm long, leathery, glossy, with long stalks, broadly egg-shaped to triangular.
Inflorescence of 1-several, terminal, globose umbels in a racemose arrangement; flowers greenish-yellow, globose.
Bluish-black berries, 2-5 seeded, 6-9 mm.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Hedera helix var. hibernica G. Kirchn.
This species is listed by the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council of the twelve most problematic species in the Vancouver region. For further information about control of this species, visit their web site.