Virginia creeper

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Virginia creeper,

native woody vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) of the family Vitaceae (grapegrape,
common name for the Vitaceae, a family of mostly climbing shrubs, widespread in tropical and subtropical regions and extending into the temperate zones. The woody vines, or lianas, climb by means of tendrils, which botanically are adaptations of terminal buds.
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 family), tall growing and popular as a wall covering in the temperate United States. It has blue-black berries and clings by disk-tipped tendrils, some branches hanging free in graceful festoons. The five-fingered leaves—brilliant yellow to red in the fall—are sometimes confused with the three-fingered poison ivy. The Virginia creeper belongs to the same genus as the Boston, or Japanese, ivy. Other names are American ivy, woodbine, and ampelopsisampelopsis
[Gr.,=looking like a vine], botanic name for woody ornamental vines of the genus Ampelopsis, but in horticulture also traditionally applied to the Virginia creeper, Boston ivy, and others of related genera of the family Vitaceae (grape family).
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. Virginia creeper is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rhamnales, family Vitaceae.
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Virginia creeper

1. a vitaceous woody vine, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, of North America, having tendrils with adhesive tips, bluish-black berry-like fruits, and compound leaves that turn red in autumn: widely planted for ornament
2. a similar related plant, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, of SE Asia, having trilobed leaves and purple berries

Virgin Mary

Mary, the mother of Christ
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Weathermen are predicting the calm, settled weather will continue, which means the yelloworange leaves of birches, the rich red of maples and the fiery shades of Virginia creepers won't all be blown off the trees just yet.
The Virginia creepers on the west front of the hall, possibly the oldest plants of this type in Wales, are turning a brilliant red colour and it won't be long before the other trees and shrubs around the garden follow suit with their displays.
Even though the most vigorous of climbers such as ivies and Virginia creepers will cause no harm to brickwork if the mortar is sound, they will still poke into guttering and loosen tiles and slates.
The Virginia creepers that cover the exterior pre-date the Armitages.

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