Virginia creeper


: a common North American tendril-climbing vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) of the grape family with palmately compound leaves and bluish-black berries

called also woodbine

Examples of Virginia creeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Native perennials such as pokeweed and Virginia creeper are also good sources of healthy fuel. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 There’s a great birch, Virginia creeper, purple coneflowers. Tammy Lagorce, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 Poison ivy is often mistaken for Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), another vining woody plant which is also spread widely by birds. Mike Hogan, The Enquirer, 28 May 2023 Trimming the Virginia creeper that covers the arch over the front gate is my favorite garden task. Nancy A. Ruhling, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2023 Like sumacs, Virginia creeper and poison ivy turn bright red, while oakleaf hydrangeas and white oaks turn burgundy. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 2 Oct. 2022 Some include the tropical yam, balsam pear, skunk vine, Virginia creeper and wild grape. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 Prune clematis, Virginia creeper, and other vining ornamentals. Planting/Propagation Plant windowsill container garden of herbs like chives, cilantro and parsley. Plan to add herbaceous perennial flowers this spring: astilbe, candytuft, peony, and anemone. oregonlive, 1 Feb. 2022 What’s up with the leaves of Virginia creeper being spotted and shredded? Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 12 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Virginia creeper was in 1704

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“Virginia creeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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Virginia creeper

Vir·​gin·​ia creeper
: a common North American climbing vine related to the grape and having leaves with five leaflets and bluish black berries

called also woodbine

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