Virginia Creeper

 

Plant Name Virginia Creeper
Scientific name Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Family Vitaceae
Location Thicket
Flowering Period Late Spring-Early Summer
Identifying Characteristics Five leaflets joined from a central point on the leafstalk, 3-20 cm across.

 

Description:

  • It is a climbing plant, ranging from 20-30 m high.
  • Climbs smooth surfaces with strong adhesive pads.
  • The leaves are toothed.
  • Leaves turn bright red in the fall.

 

Misc:

  • The berries contain a moderately toxic acid called oxalic acid.
  • Important source of food for birds in the winter.
  • Used an ornamental plant for the way it rapidly covers buildings and walls.

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