Today we will refer to the main ivy features, a very pretty vine whose leaves change color throughout the year.
It belongs to the Araliáceas family, its species is Hedera helix. Its name in Spanish is Tree ivy, in English Common Ivy, in French Lierre commun, in Italian Edera arborea.
It is a perennial species that reaches a stem length of 50 meters. It grows in temperate regions of southern Europe, it can also be seen in North Africa and in India.
When we see it we will find a kind of hugging liana of branched rounded stems that arise from a woody underground stem. It is normal for it to grow on other trees and on walls. It is important to keep in mind that it does not cause any damage to the trees on which it develops, it is not a parasite since they do not live on the plants to which it is hugged.
Its leaves are greenish 3 to 5 lobes, satin in the beam. The flowers are yellowish green in the form of globular umbels. The berries are black and the size of a pea. It is important that you know that berries can be poisonous.
Among its main components are saponosides, flavonic glycosides and a chemically unidentified hormonal substance until today.
Ivy has different therapeutic applications. One of its components, the hedería has an antitussive and expectorant effect. Decoction of its leaves serves to relieve rheumatic or nerve pain, is used to prevent the appearance of lice and for the treatment of cellulite.
Ivy is a plant whose development is rapid, although vegetative apices must be detached so that growth is more compact. It can grow to 46 centimeters per year. Depending on the variety some are smaller plants.
They are plants that have a relatively long life, when they become very large they can be transplanted abroad.
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