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 Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper, Parthenosis quinquefolia

When it comes to flags and climbers, do you want a pet leopard or pet cat? This is the difference between Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy, the two plants are often confused by the similar shapes of their leaves and turn into a wonderful crimson color in the fall. But remember: for a good reason the Virginia creeper is less cultivated in domestic conditions. It has a wild nature.

Native to Virginia but not a creeping one (unless you consider the way it travels underground, with spreading rhizomes), Parthenosis quincefolia is like a leopard in carrying a baby; It can only be overcome. Here are some suggestions on how to look or get an appointment for Virginia: Remember Gary Grant's embarrassment with Baby: "I Won't Take Him" ​​and Catherine Hepburn's Answer: "You Got Him.")

Photo of Brit Willoughby Tire, for Gardenista, except as mentioned.

The Virginia Creeper, a native of East America, is not always welcomed because it is trying to escape into the wild. The Royal Horticultural Society advises alternative climbers to consider, as described in a useful book published in conjunction with plant species called Horticulture without Harmful Invasive Plants. A recommended grapevine, which is part of the same family as the Virginia Creeper.

Like its other close relative, the Boston Ivy, Virginia creep is hardy throughout much of the United States (USDA growing zones 3-9). It is more intense than its ties, reaching 40 to 50 feet in height and camping at the tops of trees. However, with a little care, I can keep it within a restricted area like the model next to me (pictured above). Where its climbing ambitions are frustrated - on the second floor - it hangs on the flags like a curtain.

The Virginia Creeper provides paradise, food, and free opportunities for birds and insects that are allowed to run freely. Native plants treat a wide variety of wildlife, and climbers are particularly referred to as a shelter for invertebrates. For a wild garden or loose front path, growing Virginia foliage is generous.


The Virginia Creeper grows buildings as happily as it grows trees, combining itself with aerial tendrils and adhesive pads. It does not damage the mortar but its weight, if hung on vines, can cause problems when on the leaf.

Like the Boston Ivy, the Virginia Creeper offers a fantastic view of the fall. A west or south-facing feature can be very effective in promoting color.

Like poison ivy, it is not poisonous but can cause rash, so gloves are a good idea when dealing with parthenosis quinquopolia. Its small dark blue berries are poisonous, which is beautiful against the burning red color in autumn.

Stay alive

The Virginia Creeper is as unpretentious as the common ivy (pictured above) and thrives in any type of soil, with any amount of acidity. (Ideally, the soil should be well-drained and moist.)

It is absolutely tough and bears exposure. Grown against a building it has cooling properties in summer. Unhindered, in winter it looks like a beard.

Virginia creeper is difficult to remove because it is not due to the habit of spreading by rhizomes, resulting in unplanned appearances of the plant above ground. Keep the vines in check, chopping off its stems at the base if necessary, but try not to give poison.

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