Virginia Creeper
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Family Vitaceae

* A climbing vine.
* Leaves fan-compound, with 5 leaflets, rarely 3-7 leaflets.
* Leaflets dull, toothed, arranged like spokes on the stem.
* Tendrils long, disk-tipped, with several branches.
* Twigs hairless, buds scaly.
* Flowers small, greenish, clustered.
* Fruits blue berries.
* Height: Can climb several stories.

Natural History:
* Flowers June - August.
* Fruits August to February.
* Habitat: Woods, thickets, and walls.
* Range: Eastern half of the United States.
* Native.

* Berries of the Virginia Creeper are a favorite of birds, mice, skunks, and chipmunks. The twigs are eaten by white-tailed deer.

* In autumn, Virginia Creeper is one of the first plants to change color. Look for it covering the walls of buildings all over campus.


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008