Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
The new foliage opens bronze in spring, eventually reaching up to 4 inches wide. It quickly turns dark green for the remainder of spring and summer, then turns into various tones of red in autumn, thus providing wonderful fall color.
Virginia creeper's tendrils and adhesive-like tips give it the ability to cement itself to the walls, and therefore it does not need any additional support. The presence of adhesive tips instead of penetrating rootlets means it doesn't damage buildings the way some vines do.
The berries of virginia creeper can be harmful if ingested. Fruit attracts birds through the winter, including chickadees, nuthatches, mockingbirds, catbirds, finches, flycatchers, tanagers, swallows, vireos, warblers, woodpeckers, and thrushes. A larval host for several species of sphinx moths.
POISONOUS PARTS: Berries - highly toxic.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Full sun to shade
- Wildlife value: birds
- Host plant: Abbott's Sphinx Moth, Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth, White-lined Sphinx Moth