Hedera helix. - Common Ivy. - The ancients held Ivy in great esteem, and Bacchus is represented as crowned with it to prevent intoxication. It is a highly esteemed ornamental evergreen climber, and much used in England for covering naked buildings or trees, or for training into fanciful shapes, or trained up a stake so as to form a standard.
In this country it is not very common, but it appears to succeed well in shady collections. There are some specimens in the city of Boston, which flourish finely upon the rough granite or brick walls of buildings. It is easily propagated by cuttings or layers. There are a number of varieties of this, of which all are desirable, growing to a great height, and attaching itself firmly to whatever it grows upon, without any assistance.