my sister gave me some swedish ivy cuttings some years ago. the story goes something like this: while she was studying oriental medicine in Saint Paul Minnesota, she and her room mate got some cuttings from a friend who got some from someone who got some from someone etc, with the original cuttings procured from an enormous swedish ivy plant in the White House in Washington DC that has been thriving there since the Nixon administration. apparently there’s some sort of tradition for people to propagate the plant after working as an intern in its vicinity. my ivy tends to bloom in the winter. these pictures were taken in february 2015. i continue the tradition by giving cuttings to anyone who wants them.