It seems like all the fun plants that grow wild in summer are invasive. Good news on the Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) – despite its name, it’s actually a Florida native. It’s not here to destroy us! This vine can be found covering ground and climbing just about anything, from trees to fences to houses, and is common throughout the eastern United States, from Canada to Mexico. Birds enjoy eating its berries, but humans shouldn’t indulge.
Often confused with poison ivy due to its look, the plant’s leaves are relatively harmless to humans. And, unlike invasive vines like kudzu and wisteria, which Floridians are programmed to quickly remove, Virginia creeper has a few redeeming qualities.… Read More