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Location: Tacoma, WA - Zone 7b
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I'm in the Pacific Northwest in the Pugest Sound Maritime climate.  We have this ivy / berry vine that's evergreen and has dark purple berries.  I'd really like to know what the plant is and if it's edible.   Even if inedible, it provides really good habitat and feed for birds, but it is somewhat invasive.

Thanks for your help!

-Eric
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Location: northern california, 50 miles inland from Mendocino, zone 7
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It's probably english ivy - not edible
http://www.calapooia.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/seeds_brochure1.pdf
Birds like the berries but spread the seeds.    The ivy is probably crowding out native plants that provide food and habitat for animals.    I had some bad infestations of it when I lived in Ilwaco, Wa
 
                                            
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Thanks so much, Gary, it certainly looks like the one.  Looks like I have a new fall project--removal!

-Eric
 
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I used to live in Nehalem on the north Oregon coast and there were a couple of resident elk herds that would browse through town occasionally and they loved the ivy.    I had some growing up the siding of my house and they would pull it off and chomp away on it.    Its too bad it is so invasive because its a beautiful plant and grows very well in the PNW.   
 
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