Virginia creeper

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. April 2019.

Scientific name: Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch.

Common name(s): Virginia creeper, Virginia-creeper, woodbine

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-perennial vine

-leaves are

  • five parted leaves
  • glossy green
  • distinctive

-climbs from tendrils

-may be confused with P. inserta, which was recently separated into its own species.  Look for how the tendrils attach to surfaces and see Go Botany left sidebar for more information


-disturbed sites


-shores of rivers

-rocky slopes



Go Botany. “Parthenocissus Quinquefolia (L.) Planch.” Parthenocissus Quinquefolia (Virginia-Creeper, Woodbine): Go Botany, 2021,