Blog Archives (Virginia creeper)

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