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Hedera helix

Lierre commun
Common Ivy

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

green

Flower size

umbel 30-50 mm

Flowering months

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Cordate

Height

20 m

Description

The leathery, evergreen foliage when young has 3-5 lobes, when mature it changes to heart-shaped. Ivy has aerial roots with pads that cling to surfaces. Only when the ivy is mature can it produce flowers.

The berries are poisonous. It is an important source of food for birds and a shelter for wild life.

Prefers shady, moist conditions, woodland, forest edges and hedgerows.

Flowers

The flowers are greenish-white, stalked and form a globe-shaped umbel.

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped. Heart-shaped, alternate on the stems, with stalks, 15-20 mm.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: with outer fleshy parts surrounding a shell with a seed inside, purple-black, 6-8 mm.

Medical

Leaves: an extract of the leaves used to relax the bronchial tubes and to bring up phlegm.

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