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Friday, June 5, 2015

English Ivy

English Ivy (Hedera helix) has established itself prominently along the West Bay Walkway and in many other areas. Although it grows vigorously it is not a native plant but an invasive species that came along with early settlers. While the flowers, leaves and berries are used by numerous animals and insects it is classed as a noxious weed because of the damage it does to native plants and trees, often toppling them by its weight alone.


JoJo said...

That's not the same ivy that's on the Empress? I had it growing up my fir trees in WA and it looked lovely. But my tree guy, who had to take down a bunch of diseased firs, told me if I didn't rip it off the trees in front, it would weaken the trees to the point where they'd have to be taken down. Didn't want that to happen!

William Kendall said...

Regardless, it's pretty.

Stephanie said...

A pretty capture!