Ivy is a genus of the Araliaceae family which contains fifteen species of woody, climbing, ever-green plants. Ivy flowers at the end of the summer and lasts all autumn. The flowers are small and yellowy-green in colour and are grouped in three to five centimetre clusters at the ends of the branches. The Ivy flower’s nectar is an important source of nutrition for bees and other insects.
Ivy is Native to the archipelagos of Micronesia, in the Atlantic ocean off the north coast of Africa, also western, central and southern Europe, east Africa, central-southern Asia and the east of Japan.
Since ancient times ever-green Ivy has been associated with immortality and is often found decorating Ancient Grecian ceramic vessels.