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English Ivy- Hedera Helix
Did you know that the Ivy plants are used for cough medicines? The leaves of the plant were used as an expectorant in cough medicines to treat bronchitis. The English Ivy is a flowering plant from the family of Araliaceae. The English Ivy is a plant that is widespread of a clingy evergreen vine. The English Ivy plant is known to be in gardens, house walls, tree trunks or in wild areas. The soil that the English Ivy lives of must have a ph. of 6.5. The English Ivy prefers moist, shady areas that are limited to direct sunlight. The flowers on the ivy can be produced from the summer until late fall. The color of the flower will be green to a yellow color that has nectar to be a food supply for insects. The Ivy can also produce fruits that will ripen in the late winter and are food sources for birds. Gardening and caring for this plant takes a couple of steps. The soil for the Ivy must be fertile if the soil is not rich then mix it with compost before planting. The plants can be space between 18 to 24 inches apart. In the beginning, the plant will take longer to grow, by the second year, the Ivy plant can be seen. The third year the plant will grow very quickly. The English Ivy plan can be grown in a pot on the inside. The plant will grow as if they are climbing steps. Caring for these plants does not require a lot of attention due to the time it grows. Water the plant as much as you can so the soil can be moist. The English Ivy grows best in wet soil, but they can tolerate a dry area. Once the English Ivy has grown, you can cut the tops of the plant. The foliage can regrow, and the English Ivy does not need fertilizer.