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HEDERA helix 'Asterisk'

Image of Hedera helix 'Asterisk'

James Burghardt

Family

Araliaceae

Botanical Name

HEDERA helix 'Asterisk'

Plant Common Name

Asterisk English Ivy, English Ivy

General Description

Asterisk English ivy is a hardy, evergreen vine or groundcover. As a vine, it attaches itself by aerial rootlets to masonry walls and other surfaces such as tree trunks. European in origin, it has small, glossy, light green leaves with five to seven deep, narrow lobes resembling an asterisk. Mature plants produce pale green to white flowers in autumn followed by black, berry-like fruits, which are eaten and spread by birds.

Easy to grow, English ivy does best in a sheltered location or indoors, and prefers fertile soil with good drainage. It is grown primarily for its foliage, which forms a cover on walls or ground and also looks great in containers and hanging baskets or sheared and trained as topiary.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    20'-90' / 6.1m - 27.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes