A woody vine climbing by means of disk-bearing tendrils, and also by rootlets. Leaves. - Usually divided into five leaflets. Flowers. - Greenish, small, clustered, appearing in July. Fruit. - A small, blackish berry in October.
Surely in autumn, if not always, this is the most beautiful of our native climbers. At that season its blood-like sprays are outlined against the dark evergreens about which they delight to twine, showing that marvellous discrimination in background which so constantly excites our admiration in nature. The Virginia creeper is extensively cultivated in Europe. Even in Venice, that sea-city where one so little anticipates any reminders of home woods and meadows, many a dim canal mirrors in October some crumbling wall or graceful trellis aglow with its vivid beauty.