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Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

In bloom June 15 - August 10. This viney plant often is found climbing tree bark or growing across the ground. It superficially resembles poison ivy and in the winter it is almost impossible to distinguish between vines of the two species on tree trunks. Leaves of poison ivy and virginia creeper are easily distinguished, however. Virginia creeper leaves are divided into 5 leaflets. The dark blue grape-like fruits are poisonous to humans but not to most other forms of wildlife. The plant is often seen growing as a vine or single upright short stem on the forest floor or as a long vine on tree trunks. For a few people, touching the plant will cause a poison ivy-like rash.

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