Scouting for weeds: Virginia creeper

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Virginia creeper: Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch. (view images)

Life cycle:
Perennial woody vine.

Alternate, palmately compound, usually with five leaflets, although leaves may consist of three to seven leaflets. Leaflets have toothed margins and turn deep red in the fall.

Branched three to eight times with adhesive disks at their tips that enable plants to grip and climb vertical surfaces.

Climbing woody vines with white pith. Young stems are red to green and turn brown with age.

Flowers and fruit:
Flowers are small, inconspicuous and green to white. Fruit are small, blue to black, grapelike berries (drupes).

Seeds. Often dispersed by birds. Stems in contact with the ground may root.

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