Virginia Creeper - Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Victoria Creeper, Five-leaved Ivy, Five Finger,
Parthenocissus inserta [in part]
Leaflets 5 to 7, lanceolate to obovate, 3–13 cm long, puberulent below. Tendrils 3- to 8-branched with adhesive disks. Inflorescence a hemispheric panicle of cymes with a distinct central axis. Flowers: petals 2–3 mm long. Berry 5–8 mm wide (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
In Montana species of the Grape Family
) can be separated by the degree of lobing in the leaf. Grapes
) have single leaves with shallow lobes while Woodbines
and Virginia Creepers
) have a single leaf palmately divided into distinct leaflets.
Montana has 2 Parthenocissus
species: Virginia Creeper
- Parthenocissus quinquefolia
*Tendrils: With an adhesive disc. Look closely where it attaches to a substrate. Discs are easily broken off unless carefully remove.
*Inflorescence: Panicle has a central axis.Woodbine
- Parthenocissus vitacea
, native and desireable
*Tendrils: Without an adhesive disc. Look closely where it attaches to a substrate.
*Inflorescence: Panicle is dichotomously branched.