Virginia creeper

Quite recently, on our trip to Kakopetria village, I spotted this creeper on a house wall.

Leaves of Virginia creeper
Virginia creeper | by karafc

I have to say that, as much as I love shooting plants and flowers, I don’t know much about them besides the common ones. I thought it would be hard to find information about this creeper because I only had a picture and no clue what is called. So I searched for it  as a red creeper in the web and I found it quickly.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, known as Virginia creeper, Victoria creeper, five-leaved ivy, or five-finger. It is a prolific deciduous climber. It is grown as an ornamental plant, because of its ability to rapidly cover walls and buildings, and its deep red to burgundy fall (autumn) foliage.

Virginia creeper
Virginia creeper | by karafc

An important information is that its berries are highly toxic to humans. On the other hand they are not toxic to birds, which provide an important winter food source for many bird species.

source: Wikipedia