Fall color primer 2: Reds of Virginia Creeper
Fall color primer 02: Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Virginia creeper is an ivy in the grape family (Vitaceae). The genus name, Parthenocissus, is derived from Greek, and means “virgin ivy”, hence the common name “Virginia Creeper”. The species name, quinquefolia, means “five leaved”.
The plant is native to North America, and is found across all but the far western parts of the USA and Canada. Where I live, it is one of the earliest signs of approaching autumn. It can turn a screaming fire engine red, and since the vines mix with other ivies on the sides of buildings, adorn the length of tree trunks, and even climb to the tops of forest canopies, it is impossible to ignore when one is driving around town, walking through woodlands, or simply driving through the landscape.
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