English Ivy

Hedera Helix; English Ivy; Common Ivy; European Ivy.

Why we love Ivy

A beloved classic outdoor plant, Ivy also looks fantastic as an indoor hanging plant. Let those long stems grow free.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

Unlike a lot of plants, she would prefer to be cool than warm. So she’ll be fine in cool spots.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Hedera helix


English ivy; Common ivy; European ivy

Plant type

Evergreen climber

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About English ivy

There can hardly be a person in the UK who isn’t familiar with this plant. It grows up buildings, trees and anything else it can get its rootlets on. Although it’s known as English ivy, this climbing plant grows in all sorts of countries, including Portugal, Turkey and even Iran. 

In the wild, it’s a vital source of food to birds and insects. Over 70 species of insect sip nectar from its flowers and many different types of bird feast on its fruit.

More commonly an outdoor plant, it makes a lovely, gently trailing indoor pot plant. It thrives in any light conditions, so it’s suitable for any home. It’s a fast grower, so don’t be afraid to cut it back if it gets out of control. It won’t mind a bit. If you want to help it grow, give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

If you’d like a variegated version of this plant, check out Effy.

Did you know?

English ivy leaf extract is used in cough syrups. Please note ivy is poisonous and should not be eaten, for coughs or otherwise.