Ivy is one of the most important honey bee plants because it is in flower when very little else is. The image shows ivy flowers on the left, the ‘wispy’ yellow rather than smooth satellites. Only mature ivy produces flowers (and the blue-black berry fruits). It can take 10 years for ivy to mature but the good news if you want to have some in your garden is that you can take a cutting which will produce flowers and fruit. The question is do you want ivy in your garden? All I can say is that the bees and many other insects including the less glamourous flies and wasps, will be grateful.
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