Vine Weeds of Missouri

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia creeper

Growth habit

  • Perennial

Other names

  • Woodbine
  • Five-leaved ivy


  • Native

Control classification

  • Moderately difficult


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Virginia creeper

Virginia creeper has been valued as an ornamental plant; however, it easily escapes cultivation and can become a pest.

In Missouri, it is primarily found in fencerows; however, it is capable of growing over large trees.

Virginia creeper has palmately compound leaves, mainly with five leaflets, and each with serrated margins. Tendrils assist the plant in climbing. It should not be confused with poison ivy, which has three leaflets and no tendrils.

Wild thing