Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Not a flower, true, but this time of year the leaves on Virginia creeper vines sure are colourful.
Virginia creeper is a native vine here, growing over everything in its path: rocks, bushes, fences and even up telephone poles. It's fast growing and can "creep" up to 20 feet in a year.
A young plant, which next year will likely have covered this fence
Most of the growing season the leaves are green, but in autumn they turn a brilliant red or maroon. Older vines also have dark blue berries that are popular with some birds which disperse the seeds.
This is a plant I enjoy seeing in the wild but prefer to NOT have in my gardens...so I rip it out.
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