Ivy

Here are five things you may not have known about the ivy in your Christmas wreath.

Check if the berries on your Christmas wreath and table decorations are poisonous.

One: ivy is mildly poisonous; keep the ivy berries in your table decoration away from the children!

Two: it can climb as high as ninety feet if it has a good support.

[1] Immature leaves, dark and variegated; [2] oval, bright green mature leaves, with mildly poisonous berries.

Three: ivy has two kinds of leaves: lobed, dark green and sometimes variegated leaves on an immature plant and oval, bright green leaves when the plant is matured.

Four: ivy also has two kinds of roots: subterranean roots, which absorb water and nutrients from the soil, and adventitious or aerial roots which attach the plant to a surface as it climbs.

An ivy bee photographed in the park feeding on ivy flowers.

Five: the ivy bee, Colletes hederae, is completely dependent on ivy flowers, timing its entire life cycle around ivy flowering. Here is a link to the ivy bees identified in the park.

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