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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

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

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Leaves are arranged alternately

Orange County, NC

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This leaf is just beginning to show its Fall colors.

Orange County, NC

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Spectacular Fall color

Orange County, NC

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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