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Parthenocissus quinquefolia. (Virginia Creeper)

Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Zone: 4 to 9

Soil: Sand to clay

Light: Sun to full shade

Bloom colour: Yellowish green

Bloom period: May to August

Height: Up to 50 feet

Moisture: Dry to average

Attracts: Birds and sphinx moths

Notes: This plant is a woody vine that is a member of the grape family. It is absolutely stunning in the fall with its blue berries contrasting its red-orange leaves. It does spread quite aggressively (which is typical for a vine) and would require regular pruning to keep it from becoming overgrown. However, if you site it correctly, it can make a fabulous contribution to the biodiversity of your garden without requiring too much work. Do not plant this against the wall of your home. It will do well over a fence or a large trellis structure or at the base of a large tree. Amongst others, It is a host plant for the pandorus sphinx moth, abbotts sphinx moth, lettered sphinx moth, hog sphinx moth and the nessus sphinx moth.