Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Family Vitaceae


Notable Features
Leaves: Alternate*, palmate*, compound* leaves with 3, 5 or 7 leaflets* (pictured specimen originally had five) sprouting from a long and slender central stem. Each toothed leaflet ovate* with pointed ends, the middle leaflets largest.
Twigs: Tendrils long, ending with flattened, disk-like tips.
Fruit: Berries appear August through September and hang from the vine in loose clusters of small, bright blue fruits. Clusters are not as tight as those of the Wild Grape, and stems are red instead of gray or brown.
Size/Shape: A large and common creeping vine* found in thickets and wooded areas.

Location on Campus

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Growing along northwest side of South St., just behind Ziv & Ridgewood Quads.

Uses
WARNING: Do not ingest the berries of Virginia Creeper. They are poisonous and potentially fatal* if ingested in large amounts.

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