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NC Native Plant Society:
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Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia Creeper

Scientific Name:

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Genus:

Parthenocissus

Species Epithet:

quinquefolia

Common Name:

Virginia Creeper

Plant Type

Woody Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Vitaceae (Grape Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft., 6-12 ft., 12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamp forests, bottomlands, maritime forests and thickets, rock outcrops, mesic forests. Very common and widespread in most areas of NC. Clearly much less numerous in parts of the Coastal Plain, such as north of Albemarle Sound and in the south-central Coastal Plain (for no obvious reason). It is normally found daily in field work in most counties and is often seen in the majority of forested stands in the state.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Woody vine with palmately compound leaf of five leaflets

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. You will likely hear them called Virginia Creeper. This picture shows the Woody vine with palmately compound leaf of five leaflets of Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Bettina Darveaux

Leaves are arranged alternately

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. You will likely hear them called Virginia Creeper. This picture shows the Leaves are arranged alternately of Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Bettina Darveaux

This leaf is just beginning to show its Fall colors.

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. You will likely hear them called Virginia Creeper. This picture shows the This leaf is just beginning to show its Fall colors. of Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Bettina Darveaux

Nice Fall color

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. You will likely hear them called Virginia Creeper. This picture shows the Nice Fall color of Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Bettina Darveaux

Flower buds in June

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. You will likely hear them called Virginia Creeper. This picture shows the Flower buds in June of Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of individual flowers of the panicle

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. You will likely hear them called Virginia Creeper. This picture shows the Close-up of individual flowers of the panicle of Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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