These low-maintenance plants tolerate dry to medium soil and both full sun and partial shade. In my experience, the growth of ivy is most rapid once the plant has become well established in a new area. Chain link fences are useful, but they're certainly ugly! Ivy may or may not damage walls. The new growth may follow the path of the old because that’s the best route for attachment. Prized for its ability to thrive in shady places, Hedera helix (English ivy) is a vigorous, fast-growing, evergreen perennial which excels as a climbing vine or trailing ground cover. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 17, 2014: Thanks for the comment and the vote, Eddy. A root actually changes shape to anchor the plant. Has there been a sudden ivy disease? Answer: I don’t know whether the new ivy growth will follow the exact path of the old growth, but it’s possible. Sad, I heard ivy is even making some goats sick. If you try them, I suggest that you work on a small area of cement that's not in the main field of view first of all to see if the cleaning causes any damage. The English Ivy Plant. You should contact a gardening or pest expert in your area to see what information they can share about your local groundhogs. The colours include dark green, light green, yellow, white, and red. It gave the home a nostaligic look. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2014: Thank you very much, Dianna! Ivy is one of those plants I've never bothered to use medicinally, but I tell you-- I had a house once with a large expanse of ugly chain link fence at one end, and it was a pretty barren area. English ivy does not tolerate drought, but it does not require a lot of water during the cold weather. Thanks for the interesting comment. The nectar inside the flowers of English ivy is a food source for bees and butterflies in both Europe and North America. The plant is generally considered to be only mildly poisonous, but the dangers of plant ingestion increase with the amount that is eaten. This shows that, below a certain size, the vine does not grow the hairy roots that attach to vertical surfaces, so the smaller branch is bare and the larger is hairy. At this moment I'm thinking primarily of my philodendron that is growing around the kitchen, as neither will go outside in the summers because moving their long branches would probably stress them out, so they both have a permanent place to settle in. I don't know of a suitable book to read about Ivy's potential health benefits. Voted up and shared. Boston ivy winter care is minimal and consists primarily of pruning. Whenever the soil is dry to a depth of around half an inch, you could try lightly watering the plant. Protective gloves and clothing are useful, especially if a person develops dermatitis after touching the plant. It's very interesting to hear that you have an English ivy plant growing in the desert, MJ. The American Ivy Society (yes, that’s a thing) has separated these cultivars into different categories based mostly on growing habits.. In a few years with all the organic fertilizers and water coming from the irrigated tee box and you have dense, lush green barrier both pleasing to the eye, a cheap alternative for course beautification and a privacy screen... works very well... Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 15, 2014: Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 15, 2014: Great information that I never knew about. A close cousin of English ivy, Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis or Hedera algeriensis) is also known as Canary Island ivy.