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Virginia Creeper - Parthenocissus quinquefolia
The Many Attributes Of Virginia Creeper Vines
Virginia Creeper- Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Virginia Creeper is aptly named as it uses aerial roots to climb any nearby surface. It produces tiny green flowers during the early summer before its five-pointed leaves turn a bright crimson in the fall. The leaves are bright green on top while being a lighter green underneath. Each leaf can be up to six inches long. The flowers grow in clusters that are up to six inches across with each group consisting of up to 150 tiny flowers. The more sun the leaves have gotten during the summer months, the brighter the color will be in the fall. It is usually one of the first plants to show its brilliant autumn foliage. This plant produces 0.25-inch diameter bluish-black berries in the fall. Left unpruned, this woody perennial can grow to be up to 90 feet long. It is capable of growing up to 20 feet in a single growing season. Virginia Creeper can grow in a great diversity of soils making it adaptable to many growing conditions. It also does well in full sun, but it tolerates shade. It can withstand lack of rainfall without any additional watering. Likewise, it does well in boggy conditions. Since it uses aerial roots, it will not damage surfaces that it climbs. When it has nothing to climb, it can be used as a ground cover where it grows up to 12 inches in height and putting down new roots about every foot. Many plant Virginia Creeper to help attract a variety of wildlife to yards including birds who often use it as a winter food source. It can also serve to attract moths and hummingbirds to yards in the spring. This attractive plant is so versatile that you will find yourself turning to it in areas where very little else will grow.