Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Parthenocissus quinquefolia: new foliage

[Photo: Parthenocissus quinquefolia: new foliage.]Parthenocissus quinquefolia, known in English as "Virginia creeper" and in French as vigne vierge de Virginie, is a climbing perennial vine native to eastern and central North America.

Virginia creeper is such a vigorous grower that some consider it invasive, though I prefer to reserve the label "invasive" for non-native plants. In the fall, it is one of the first plants to turn colour, a gorgeous bright red. The dark blue berries provide food for birds.

I photographed this plant in front of the Danforth/Coxwell Library.

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