Ivy

ivy leaves

Common name: Ivy

Scientific name: Hedera helix, other Hedera species

Hazard associated: Irritant to the skin and corrosive if ingested.

Notes: ivy berries

  • Ivy is commonly found in gardens even when not planted there, i.e. it is an invasive weed in many situations.
  • Some varieties have variegated leaves.
  • The reaction to ivy sap varies from person to person.
  • The berries may look attractive to children although the taste is reported to be very unpleasant.
  • Ivy extract has been used medically in measured doses as a decongestant.

Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix

Image credits:

“Hedera helix1” by Petr Filippov – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hedera_helix1.JPG#/media/File:Hedera_helix1.JPG