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Irish ivy

Hedera hibernica (G. Kirchn.) Bean

Family: Hederaceae

Name justification:
Hedera is a Latin term. It means ivy.
Hibernica comes from Hibernia. This is the name that Romans used to give to the current Ireland, as a part of its natural area.

Common name: Irish ivy
Description: Climbing plant
Leaf: Evergreen Broad Entire

Origin and distribution:
It is a plant distributed in Europe, exactly in the Southern Atlantic, from the Iberian coasts of Scotland. It often grows wild in the regions of Galicia, linked to oak groves and autochthonous deciduous woods.

Location in the garden:
There is certain diversity in ivy. We can find it in the gardens of the 'Alameda' Park, the 'Ferradura' walk and Oak Wood of Santa Susana, frequently selected and changed by gardening practices. The specimens identified belong to the species herein described. Worth of mention are the climbing specimens on the palm trees of the 'Ferradura' walk and on the plane trees of the entrance of 'Porta Faxeira', one of the city gates. In other cases they are used as ground covers.


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