Vine Weeds of Missouri - Page 16

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia creeperVirginia 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.