Attractive climbing deciduous vine with clusters of small whitish or greenish flowers from May through July, leaves 5-6 inch - divided into 5 parts (almost like a hand) which turn a beautiful rich red in the fall, tendrils on vines ending in clinging disks which will climb on anything, produces black to dark blue berries in July & August that persist into the fall, food plant for Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata), Abbotts Sphinx Moth (Sphecodina abbottii), Pandorus Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus), Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron) and White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) caterpillars, berries are food for many wintering birds including Tanagers and Blue Birds, salt tolerant, clay tolerant, good rain garden plant. This vine can be used very effectively as a ground cover!
Native Range: FL to TX & Mexico, north to se. ME, s. NH, VT, sw. QC, NY, IN, IL & MN - spread from cultivation elsewhere
Germination - Easy: Cold stratify 8 weeks.
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