10/14/2008

Plant ID needed: Virginia Creeper?

The more I blog the more I realize how little I know. I think I screwed up and mis-ID'ed the creeper berries that the birds were chowing today. I thought it was Poison Ivy, but now that I've done some reading it appears that it may be a Virginia Creeper. Am I correct about this? Click the thumbnail to see a larger image.





4 comments:

Lynne said...

Looks like Virginia Creeper to me but then we don't have the viney type of poison ivy for me to compare it to.

RuthieJ said...

I'll say Virginia Creeper too--the bright red leaves and dark colored berries look exactly the same as what's growing on my garage and evergreen trees in the backyard.

Owlman said...

Thanks Lynne and RuthieJ, Virginia Creeper it is! I'll put that in my learn column.

Marvin said...

For me, the easiest way to keep poison ivy and Virginia creeper straight is to remember the old adage: "Leaves of three, let it be." It's poison ivy.

According to Wikipedia: The leaves of Virginia creeper are palmately compound, composed of five leaflets (rarely three leaflets, particularly on younger vines) joined from a central point on the leafstalk, and range from 3 to 20 cm (rarely 30 cm) across. The leaflets have a toothed margin, which makes it easy to distinguish from poison-ivy, which has three leaflets with smooth edges.