Mar. 29, 2022

Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia

So elusive! I watched for years without catching Virginia at this moment. These sepals fall very quickly after the flowers open. Blink and you could miss them. Finally after a lot of unsatisfactory shots from as far away as Colorado, I caught this one right here on our back fence. These flowers are about 3/16 inch, but they're on those great big vines we see climbing up anything they can grab. If you can, you should let them climb. They really like masonry buildings, and can contribute to the fight against warming. Their shade helps keep buildings cool, and reduces the draw on air conditioning. Virginia creeper grows in AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 6/29/21. Grape family, Vitaceae.