09 March 2008

Virginia creeping

These young leaves of native virginia creeper vine are almost as red as they'll turn come fall. I've never really paid much attention to these plants at this stage, but they were a nice surprise on this gray, blustery day in Austin. I posted a while ago on a beautiful moth whose caterpillar feeds on virginia creeper--the Nessus sphinx.


CanadianGardenJoy said...

We have "Enngelmann"? ivy .. a cultivar of Virginia Creeper, and it is an amazing vine .. the beautiful reds and copper it turns in the Autumn is always a stunner .. we use it for a privacy screen and to top our shed roof .. it does a bang up job !

Anonymous said...

my virginia creeper in atlanta ga hardly turns red-it goes straight to brownish, wonder how to make it turn bright red?