January 26, 2023
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia is from the Vitaceae family of plants. It is a flowering vine native to North America. The name “Parthenocissus” means “virgin ivy” in Greek and “quinquefolia” means “five-leaved”. They also call it Woodbine, Virgin Creeper, Virginia Creeper, Victoria Creeper, Five-leaved Ivy, or Five-Finger.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Southwark, London, UK

It grows to 30m or 100ft. The foliage is palmately compound with five leaflets. The leaves have toothed margins and start as purple in spring and then change to green. In autumn they turn purple and red. The flower is greenish-white and grows in clusters. Parthenocissus quinquefolia flowers in late spring. After flowering, it produces purple berries. The berries are toxic as they contain oxalic acid. However, birds consume it for food without any issues.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

How to grow Parthenocissus quinquefolia:

Grow Parthenocissus quinquefolia in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in an average, medium moisture but well-drained soil. It is a vigorous grower. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. But watch out for mildews, canker, leaf spots, beetles, leafhoppers. It is deer tolerant.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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