Virginia Creeper: Parthenocissus quinquefolia
|Weed Description: A perennial
woody vine that climbs on other objects or trails along the ground. Primarily a weed
of fence rows, landscapes, and vineyards. Virginia creeper occurs throughout the
eastern United States.
|Leaves: Leaves consist of 3 to 7 (usually 5) leaflets that originate from a common point (palmately compound leaves). Leaflets are from 2 1/2 to 5 inches long and have toothed margins. Leaves turn red to maroon in the fall, which is why this plant is often grown as an ornamental.|
|Flowers: Small and
greenish-white in color.
Fruit: Small, dark blue to black berries.
Roots: Fibrous roots occur, and stems root where they touch the ground.
Stems: Stems climb by tendrils and root where they touch the ground.
|Identifying Characteristics: A climbing woody vine with 5 leaflets that originate from the same point. Virginia creeper is often confused with Poison-Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). However, poison-ivy has 3 leaflets while Virginia creeper usually has 5.|