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Friday, October 6, 2017


 So, I've been telling you all about poison ivy and oak, I look out my window and there's a red and orange vine climbing up a tree in the backyard. I walk out thinking it's going to be poison ivy, but no, it's got leaves of five. It's Virginia Creeper, which is an invasive species like kudzu. It is gorgeous, but it takes over as shown on the house below. Sometimes it's called a wall--a Virginia Creeper wall. Like Kudzu it will kill every plant it climbs. When it's Fall it is a gorgeous red, but most of the time it is green. Some people that might be allergic to it, might get irritated skin, but it's not as bad as poison ivy or oak. However, the plant does get blue berries, that might make kids and pets want to eat it. The bad part about the berries is that they are toxic to humans and animals. I guess the lady in the house below never had kids or pets.
The house looks so gorgeous covered in red Virginia Creeper, it almost makes you want to plant it. It looks like its covered in red Poinsetta.
This is what green Virginia Creeper looks like. Note it's creeping on a vine. And obviously the leaves look a lot like other plants. Huh?
These are the Virginia Creeper berries that are poisonous to humans and animals.

This Boston Ivy also turns red in the fall and makes a red wall. It has leaves of three, very similar to poison ivy. You might want to compare the leaves.Boston Ivy is just as invasive as Virginia Creeper and Kudzu. Its leaves are not likely to be poisonous, but as with most ivy, its berries are toxic to humans and animals. To discover other ordinary plants that might be toxic to your domestic pets, see doghealth.com with a section Poisonous Plants for Dogs.

It's hard to see that this Virginia Creeper has five leaves in each single"leaf" in a Virginia Creeper Wall. The wall is so thick with leaves that you can barely separate one from another. In reality the red is as red as that on the Boston Ivy wall above. But these two photos give you chance to compare the two plants.

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