The Ivy

Hedera Helix

Italian name: edera

English name: Ivy

Local name: arrampicatoria, edera, era de muros

 

Ivy is an evergreen climbing plant. It has barren and fertile branches. It has green, glossy leaves of different types. Its flowers have five petals and they are usually yellow-red. Ivy starts to flourish in September and the fruits ripen in spring. It prefers cold mountain environments, but it also grows in hot habitat. Ivy was used in medicine because the infusion of its branches, boiled in vinegar, was very effective for the spleen pain while the juice of the leaves and fruits would cause psychic problems. Its fruits and flowers are toxic  but in the past its leaves were used to make crowns for poets.

Salvina, Daniela, Antonio 3blpe

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