Blog Archives (Virginia creeper)

Virginia Creeper in fall

Here is another example of how poison ivy's less harmful cousin, Virginia creeper, also turns colorful in the fall.

October 26, 2018 - 11:27am
Virginia Creeper in fall

Be aware that Virginia creeper, the vine that often grows right along with poison ivy, also turns color in the fall. Both can be ground vines and both certainly climb.

October 9, 2018 - 5:10pm
Virginia Creeper versus poison ivy

Here we have two vines that are constantly mistaken for each other, and for good reason: they often grow side by side, or even intertwined.

On the left are two 5-leaflet Virginia creeper leaves, coming from a thin vine. 

May 12, 2018 - 4:23pm
Virginia Creeper in Turin, Italy

I knew without getting close that this red vine was NOT poison ivy. How did I know for sure?

Because I took this photo in Turn, Italy, and there is no poision ivy in Italy, nor anywhere in Europe, for that matter.

October 13, 2017 - 5:06pm
3 - leaved Virginia Creeper

Virginia creeper is supposed to have 5 leaflets in a group. Normally it does, but occasionally it gets "lazy" and only give out 3. Which is a problem for people trying to distinguish it from poison ivy, which always has the the leaflets.

September 5, 2017 - 10:51pm