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English Ivy

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English ivy
English ivy, close up of foliage - Photo by David Stephens,
Scientific Name: 

Hedera spp. (Green at al. 2013)

Common Name: 

English ivy, Atlantic ivy, Irish ivy

Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 

Earliest records of naturalization are from the 1870s (Green at al. 2013)

Means of Introduction: 

Nursery trade (Green at al. 2013)


Competes with native plants and can spread into tree canopies (Yang 2013)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared. See also: Atlantic Ivy


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (Canada).

Selected Resources

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Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Federal Government

USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

DOI. NPS. Olympic National Park.

USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

State and Local Government

Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.

See also: Includes Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.

See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets

Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

King County Department of Natural Resources (Washington). Water and Land Resources Division.


Mississippi State University. Extension.

University of California. Weed Research and Information Center.

See also: Weeds in Natural Areas for more information sheets

Oregon State University. Extension Service.

University of Tennessee. Institute of Agriculture.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

See also: Species Factsheets for more fact sheets

North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.