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escapes: Virginia creeper

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Virginia creeper, also call woodbine, thicket creeper and, in French vinge vierge, is a climbing vine with adhesive discs. Its leaves are palmately five-fingered and turn bright red in autumn. The plant has small purple fruit, poisonous to eat. The vine is common around abandoned homesteads where it persists or escapes to local woodlands.

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Virginia Creeper Whites Mountain 2 (2016_12_30 00_28_35 UTC).jpg

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Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch.

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In woods

on Whites Mountain

woodbine

climbs the ash.

Persistent escape

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from homesteads

long-gone.

Thicket creeper

navigates itself

to better ground,

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higher trees.

Thick rhizomes,

adhesive discs.

Five-fingered leaves

spread to cover

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every inch of bark.

Maximize

exposure to sun.

Ancestral creepers

once draped

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zig-zag cedar fences

in autumn scarlet.

Caught the attention

of farmers’ wives

on community rounds.

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October 7, 2013 'Virginia Creeper' Jane Tims

~Virginia Creeper Whites Mountain

All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

August 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

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  1. very interesting and informative

    On Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 7:00 AM nichepoetryandprose wrote:

    > jane tims posted: “Virginia creeper, also call woodbine, thicket creeper > and, in French vinge vierge, is a climbing vine with adhesive discs. Its > leaves are palmately five-fingered and turn bright red in autumn. The plant > has small purple fruit, poisonous to eat. The vine i” >

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    glenna porter

    August 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    • We have a big Virginia creeper on our power pole. Dug it up from bank of St John River in 1980.

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      jane tims

      August 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm


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