Remember we’ve told you that five leaf vine, otherwise known as Virginia Creeper, is a valuable wildlife food? Its berries are setting on now, and will ripen to a purplish color before the birds attack them with gusto. Please human readers, DO NOT eat them. The berries contain oxalic acid, which is toxic—poisonous—to humans and mammals. We squirrels do not eat them either.
We receive notes about Parthenocissus quinquefloia, Virginia Creeper, or five-leaved ivy, from our readers all over the United States. In full disclosure, this photo was sent to us by a Colorado resident. But we’re pretty sure it’s the same native plant found in the east and central states.
We have many posts about this common vine and how it can be identified to tell it apart from poison ivy. Use our search bar to look up the past posts.