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English Ivy Thorndale

English Ivy Thorndale, Hedera helix, English Ivy

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Thorndale is the classic English Ivy groundcover. Itll also scramble up trees to 50 ft. (Hedera helix)

Zones 4 - 8
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 4-6" tall as a groundcover of climbing vine up to 50 feet, Up to 96" wide (8 feet)
Size Plant - 3" pot

Plant Information

This venerable plant is loved and hated for the same reason--it grows fast and covers everything. Most people love the deep green glen it creates as it covers the ground, and also any tree trunk it reaches--with plenty of moisture, it'll climb to 50 ft. or more. Some yards have all the ground space and tree trunks leafy green with clinging English Ivy year round. This is a look most people love, but if you ever have to remove it, its a big job.

Most people use English Ivy as a groundcover in beds, and control it to those spaces. In either case, the leaves are always glossy and beautiful.

Common Name English Ivy
Botanical Name Hedera helix
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 4-6" tall as a groundcover of climbing vine up to 50 feet
Estimated Mature Spread Up to 96" wide (8 feet)
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Glossy dark green leaves. Evergreen
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Erosion Control
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsEnglish Ivy Thorndale

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Keep new plants from the dear deer!


from Grants Pass, Oregon

About Me Full Time Hobbyist


  • Arrived Ready To Plant
  • Healthy Plants Came
  • Takes Abuse Drought
  • Takes Some Abuse


  • Deer Love The New Plants
  • Needs Extensive Watering
  • Susceptible to Pests

Best Uses

  • Retaining Wall Cover

Comments about American Meadows English Ivy Thorndale:

Plants arrived healthy and ready to plant. Placed them at the base of a masonry retaining wall so they would eventually cover it. Watered them regularly and new growth started immediately. Unfortunately, deer got to them and in the process of their grazing pulled some plants out of the ground and killed them. Will order replacements but only after the deer fence is installed. Lovely creatures, those deer, but not so lovely to a gardener!

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Handsome, but plant carefully.


from Boston, Mass.

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer


  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Versatile


  • Invasive

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows English Ivy Thorndale:

I'm using this to cover some wasteland (roadside, poor light, bad soil) in my yard. The only problem I have with it is Hedera Helix is an invasive species, so try to keep an eye on it so that it doesn't get out of hand.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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