Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia is a woody, deciduous, high-climbing vine that occurs throughout Louisiana in bottomland hardwood forests, moist upland hardwood forests, and mixed hardwood-loblolly pine forests; it can also occur in pinelands where burning is suppressed. Leaves, arranged in groups of five leaflets, display attractive fall colors of red, mauve, and purple. Flowers bloom May – June and produce blue to black fruit that is eaten by many species of birds and small mammals.

Virginia Creeper tolerates most soil and environmental conditions. It is a larval host of the Virginia Creeper Sphinx and several other sphinx moth species. Virginia Creeper can be used in landscaping as a ground cover in a shady woodland or as a screen growing over fences or walls.

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