Hedera Helix

Hedera Helix

Hedera Helix, also known as English Ivy, is native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. English Ivy is known to have medicinal properties and was used in ancient Greece to prevent intoxication and reduce swelling. Today, herbalists use it to treat respiratory conditions. Hedera Helix received its name from its twisting and vining personality. The word helix derives from Ancient Greek meaning twist, and turn.


This fast-growing plant does best with filtered, bright light, although it tolerates some shade. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. The easy maintenance and fast–growing pace of this plant makes it a great and rewarding choice for beginner plant parents or for those who spend less time at home but still want easily manageable plant.

Care Tips

Hedera Helix

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall:


This fast-growing plant does best with filtered, bright light. It tolerates some shade.


Water once every week or so and allow the first 2 inches of soil to dry out between watering. Ivy prefer to be in a cool and humid environment; brown tips can be indicative of an overly dry environment.


Plants like the Ivy prefer temperatures of 50⁰ to 85⁰.


Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.

Fun Facts

  1. Around 1727, European colonists brought the plant over. You can now find English ivies everywhere, from the east coast to Arizona and Washington state. They grow in shady areas in forest openings, cliffs, and slopes where the soil is fertile and moist.
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