Keeping ivy in its place

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The many faces of ivy

Left to right, from top: 'Golden Ingot,' 'Fluffy Ruffles,' 'Calico,' 'Spetchley,' 'Cascade,' 'Perkeo,' 'Kolibri,' 'Teardrop,' 'Henriette,' and 'Ivalace.'

Christina Schmidhofer

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In mild parts of the Pacific Northwest and along the California coast, English ivy grows too well. It crawls into the woods from adjacent gardens, spreads by bird-transported seed, and starts from trimmings gardeners dump at the forest's edge.

 

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