English ivy (Hedra helix) grows rapidly and is considered an invasive plant in many regions of the United States. English ivy takes several years to establish roots and reach full maturity size. Once the plant drops seeds, they adapt quickly to different soil and temperature conditions. Naturally grown English ivy often wraps itself around forest trees, robbing them of important nutrients and proper growth.
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