Shelter, foodstuff, pollen source … ivy is so valuable to wildlife, even though it is maligned by many a gardener
On Sunday I watched a blackbird almost strip an ivy of its berries, gobbling each one whole in a few, satisfying gulps.
GR: Of Eurasian origin, English Ivy grows well in the arid climate in central Arizona where I live. There were several patches climbing on walls and trees when I moved to Coldwater Farm. The Ivy requires supplemental water, and cannot spread at the expense of native plants. Pollinators like the flowers, and several sparrow species roost beneath the leaves and try a berry now and then. Red-winged Blackbirds like the berries, and Northern Flickers eat them when it’s too cold for ants to be out.