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Crow’s Nest: Flowers of Virginia Creeper

July 13, 2018

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed the flowers of Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquifolia)┬ábefore, shown here with the new buds. We like this native plant for its burgundy fall color and wildlife value from its blue penduncle-born fruit. The flowers are also interesting, though small and often located out of sight high on the vine.

This is not a vine where we worry about it smothering a tree. It’s a good grower but not overly vigorous like Oriental bittersweet or Japanese honeysuckle.

Virginia creeper is in the grape family, and since grapes are favored by the newly-arrived pest insect, the spotted lanternfly, you will also find that insect on Virginia creeper. Grapevine is a little more succulent so it seems to be damaged more, but only time will tell.

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