Posted on February 16, 2016
|Virginia Creeper is a woody vine that can reach up to 60 feet. It is native to
the U.S., and is found growing in moist, shady sites in the Eastern
half of the country. A member of the grape family, it produces compound
leaves with serrated edges and puts on a display of colorful foliage
and berries during the fall. |
Parthenocissus quinquefolia is sometimes confused with poison ivy, especially when new growth is forming. However, the plants can be easily distinguished from one another by the five or six leaflets that form on Virginia Creeper, versus the three leaves of poison ivy. Some people describe allergic reactions similar to poison ivy when they come into contact with the plant but there is little scientific evidence of contact dermatitis from Virginia Creeper.
The fruits are edible by squirrels and many species of songbirds, so many wildlife gardeners allow Virginia Creeper to occupy a place in their backyard habitats.
|Type of plant: Vines and Climbers|
Bloom color: Light Blue, White/Near White
Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer
Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade, Light Shade, Partial to Full Shade
Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 9b
Height: over 40 ft.
Spacing: 24-48 in.