English Ivy, Common Ivy 'Thorndale'

Hedera helix

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Hedera (HED-er-uh) (Info)
Species: helix (HEE-licks) (Info)
Cultivar: Thorndale



Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage


Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clifton, Colorado

Downers Grove, Illinois

Derby, Kansas

Garland, Texas

Penhook, Virginia

Bellingham, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted this in 2009 after purchasing it from the local Home Depot and now it is 2011. I watered it well, fertilized and was careful not to walk on it and kept the dogs away from it. I am very unimpressed with this as a use for a groundcover.. I does not fill in, I just have 3-4ft runners from the base of the plant that spread out but no filling out of those runners at all, put it this way it looks like a flatten spider. Maybe the first couple years it was pretty much in the shade which I understand it grows well in but now with some tree removal and sun in this actual area for about 6 hours we will see if it helps this plant out at all.


On Oct 17, 2008, mjolner88 from Bellingham, WA wrote:

I give this cultivar a negative review, only because it grows at least 5 times slower than the 27 kinds of ivy that I have right now, AND I've tried 4 different sources of the same plant.

It may have anti-freeze for blood, but unless you're rich, and have an entire area installed with ZERO spacing, having a lawn full of it is almost inconceivable.


On Jan 17, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A selection of Hedera helix that is reported to be 10F hardier. The leaves are more angular and slightly less lobed than the species. Commonly sold in Garden Centers.


On Jan 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like the look of the ivy, but it likes to take over and is hard to keep in bounds. I haven't decided if I want to keep it or not, though to get rid of it would be a long process.