Hedera helix L. var. hibernica

See Hedera helix L. for more information on the species.  Hibernica is one of many recognised varieties.  It is a fully hardy, vigorous climber with large, broadly triangular, dark green, glossy leaves, to 8cm long, with 5 triangular lobes.  The leaves are usually upward-folded.  To 10m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Hibernica is thought to have arisen in the wild in Ireland early in the 19th century. 

History at Camden Park

Received per ‘Sovereign’ February 1831 [MP A2948] and listed in all published catalogues [T.538/1843].


Published Mar 11, 2009 - 05:29 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 02:18 PM

More details about Hedera helix L. var. hibernica
Family Araliaceae
Region of origin


  • Hedera hibernica Hort.

Common Name

Irish ivy, Atlantic ivy

Name in the Camden Park Record

Hedera helix latifolia - Irish ivy

Confidence level high