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Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Ivy is an emblem of fidelity. In ancient Greece, priests would present a wreath of ivy to newlyweds.

The custom of bringing ivy into the home dates back to pagan time when it was believed the plant could help ward off evil spirits.

Romans believed ivy prevented intoxication so Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, was depicted wearing a wreath of ivy and grape vines and carrying a leaf-entwined staff.

Due to its association with pagan festivals, ivy was banned from the inside of Christian homes. It was used only to decorate the outside.

The Wrigley Field ivy is the name given to the ivy that covers the outfield walls of the playing field of Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was installed in 1937 at the behest of Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley based upon the ivy on the walls at Perry Stadium in Indianapolis.Any baseballs that get hit and lodged in the Wrigley Field ivy score the batter a double.

Despite being a boon for birds and insects, ivy can be deadly for cats.

Poison ivy is not a true ivy. It belongs to a different plant family.

Source Daily Mail

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