Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Deciduous, fast growing woody vine with dark green palmate foliage which turns bright orange-red in the fall. It climbs smooth surfaces using small forked tendrils tipped with small strongly adhesive pads. Stems grow up to 50’ long.
Tolerates just about any soil. Sun to partial sun. Avoid drying out or soggy wet.
Flowers: small and greenish, produced in clusters in late spring
Berries mature in late summer or early fall, small hard purplish-black berries
Use: The berries provide an important winter food source for birds.
Native Americans used the plant as an herbal remedy for diarrhea, difficult urination, swelling, and lockjaw.
*These berries contain oxalic acid which is moderately toxic to humans and other mammals.
Can cause skin irritations or painful rashes in some individuals.
Means: ever changing