Plant ID forum: Not sure what kind of plant this is...

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Sep 21, 2011 12:57 PM CST
I have never owned houseplants before and have no trace of a green thumb at all! But I received this plant 3 years ago when my grandmother passed so it means a lot to me. It came close to dying a few times in my house so last year I moved it to my office. It is doing better but I don't think it has ever looked very healthy. (Although, considering I know nothing about plants, it could be healthy and normal!) I thought if I could find out what type of plant it was, I could do some research and learn about the care it requires. The vines seem sparse and there is usually wilted or dry leaves on them. I water it once a week (possibly twice).
Any help would be appreciated!

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Sep 21, 2011 1:46 PM CST
It's a type of English Ivy. (Hedera helix)

It appreciates cool moist air and doesn't like to dry out for long periods. Think "England".
Mist it daily because it's a Spider Mite magnet! and misting helps keep them away.
Bright light with no direct sun.

Sep 21, 2011 2:49 PM CST
Thank you very much for the info!
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Oct 12, 2011 11:00 PM CST
Not English ivy.

German ivy.

It's a completely different plant, and not related to English ivy at all.
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Florida (Zone 9b)
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Oct 13, 2011 12:35 PM CST
Commonly called "Cape Ivy", "German Ivy", Italian Ivy".
Delairea odorata
Synonym Senecio mikanoides

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