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Ivy – Friend or foe?

Ivy – Friend or foe?

Ivy (Hedera helix, Araliaceae, the ginseng family) is native in the UK and is very widespread in North Somerset, coming second only to nettles in geographical distribution. The name Ivy comes from the Old English ‘Ifig’ meaning bitter, referring to the taste of the berries. It is highly adaptable, growing on walls, up trees and often as ground cover, frequently in situations of low light intensity and low nutrient status. It may suppress the ground flora, and sometimes good management…

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