One of the non-native invasives* in Frink Park
English ivy (Hedera hibernica; formerly known as H. helix 'Hibernica' or Baltica') has long been cultivated and is perhaps the Pacific Northwest's most commonly cultivated evergreen ground cover. It is one of major challenges to restoring the ecological balance back to Frink Park. Many of our work parties have devoted 1000 of hours of volunteer time removing English Ivy from the big leaf maples and madronas in many areas on the park. An excellent article about Ivy control was published in the Seattle PI.
What is the problem with English ivy?
*Invasives are plants that have moved into a habitat
and reproduce so aggressively that it has displaced some of the original
components of the vegetative community.
Thanks to the Seattle Garden Club, Center for Urban Horticulture and King Co. Dept of Public Works for research on English ivy.
Content contributed by Jon Jaffe.