By Alastair Culham
1st December – Hedera helix (Ivy)
1st day of #AdventBotany – Hedera helix – highly variable evergreen leaves symbolize eternity and resurrection. Ivy has a distinctive waxy sheen to the upper surface f the leaf. It’s reputed to keep witches away if you grow it up a house wall. Long associated with mid-winter festivals including Christmas because it stays green even in this cold dark season. All leaves in the first photo are from a single plant while each from the second is from a different taxon!
Ivy contains falcarinol, a natural fungicide.
Each day during advent there will be a new entry by @RNGherb or @DrMgoeswild