Virginia-creeper - Parthenocissus quinquefolia


Vigorous climber to 30 metres. Leaves digitate, with five elliptical, coarsely toothed leaflets. Tendrils branched. The flowers are greenish, 3 or 4 mm long with deflexed petals. Berries globose turning red then black.

Identification difficulty

Occurs as an escape from cultivation naturalising on waste ground or old walls.

When to see it

Flowers June and July.

Life History

Deciduous perennial.

UK Status

Widespread but scattered records from parts of England and Wales as an escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Infrequent or under recorded as a naturalised plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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