• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing, self-clinging stems climb 30 to 50 ft. or more.
    Key Feature:
    Brilliant Fall Color
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:par-the-no-SIS-us kwin-kwe-FOH-li-a
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing, self-clinging stems climb 30 to 50 ft. or more.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Euonymus (Euonymus); Juniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Mock Orange (Philadelphus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average, well-drained soils; adaptable to most soil types. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a wall or fence. Prune annually to control size.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    The berries of Virginia Creeper can be harmful if ingested, however, and the rest of the plant contains raphides, which irritate the skin of some people.The berries of this North American native plant provide an important winter food source for birds. While it is documented that early Native Americans used the plant as an herbal remedy for a number of ailments, the berries contain oxalic acid, which is considered to be moderately toxic to humans and other mammals. To help distinguish Virginia Creeper from a somewhat similar-looking Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), this rhyme has been often taught to children: Leaves of three, let it be; Leaves of five, let it thrive. Poison Ivy leaflets are normally presented in groups of three, while those of Virginia Creeper are in groups of five.


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