The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

Going Native: Virginia Creeper


Fall is the time of year I truly appreciate Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia. It is a stand out in the garden with its beautiful dark red leaves and rich blue berries. My inherited chain link fence is an ideal trellis for my creeper. It keeps this native vine somewhat in line and in turn, the vine hides the not-so-beautiful fence, beautifully.

I have read that Virginia creeper may cause skin irritation. Its very nature may also irritate – it’s creepy. It creeps up into trees. “It creeps and leaps and glides and slides” along the ground in just about any condition and soil – so beware. But so far, it has not irritated me in any way.

It certainly isn’t irritating to birds. Many birds eat the berries of Virginia creeper. It is also the host plant for several types of sphinx moths, including of course, the Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth.

Virginia creeper safely clings to buildings without support by small adhesive discs at the end of its tendrils and will not damage a structure.

If you would like to read more about Virginia creeper, click here. If you would like to purchase this vine for your garden, it is available from Brushwood Nursery.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

3 thoughts on “Going Native: Virginia Creeper

  1. Beautiful! I love all the colors with the dark blue. Your photos are lovely! ;>)

  2. I have Virginia Creeper growing on my fence for the first time this year, but the colors haven't turned yet. I hope mine is as beautiful as yours!

  3. I want it. Damn it. I am going to try again. Good photos, thanks for sharing that link. Thanks for stopping by. I haven't heard Sammy Hagar in ages.

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