Family, Vine. Color, green. Calyx, with 5 short teeth. Petals, 4 or 5, thick, widely open. Flowers, clustered in rather large panicles. Leaves, compound, with, generally, 5 leaflets attached to the apex of the stalk. Leaflets, oval, elliptical, stalked, 2 to 6 inches long, acute at apex, rather coarsely toothed above the middle.
A well-known vine, with woody stems, climbing by means of rootlets and suckers on the ends of branching tendrils.
These flat disks adhere to smooth or rough surfaces, and pull the plant over trunks of trees. stone walls, etc.
In October small, dark berries appear. Sometimes it is mistaken for poison ivy, which has 3 instead of 5 leaflets This is not only harmless, but is often transplanted into our gardens, where it mingles with other vines, covering posts and old stumps. It is adapted to every variety of soil. I have been surprised to find it on the very tops of the sand-dunes, where it must catch the salt spray, and nothing else but coarse grass can grow. And in the autumn it paints whatever it covers with glorious masses of scarlet.