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Ivy

Ivy, plural ivies (Hedera), is a genus of 12–15 species of evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plants in the family Araliaceae, native to western, central and southern Europe, Macaronesia, northwestern Africa and across central-southern Asia east to Japan and Taiwan.

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    When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall, we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper.
    Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)

    shows its berries red
    In token of the drops of blood
    Which on Calvary were shed.
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    A young man, be his merit what it will, can never raise himself; but must, like the ivy round the oak, twine himself round some man of great power and interest.
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