Virginia Creeper on the wall of Forte Health awakened lots of memories for me.
We had a creeper like this on the front of my childhood home in Manchester Street, and it was magnificent in autumn. Virginia Creeper is actually a member of the grape family. Like other ivies it can get into cracks and crevices. Because it adheres to the surface by disks rather than penetrating roots, it doesn’t harm masonry but will keep a building cooler by shading the wall surface during the summer. As with ivy, trying to rip the plant from the wall will damage the surface; but if the plant is first killed, such as by severing the vine from the root, the adhesive pads will eventually deteriorate and release their grip. Apparently native Americans used this creeper as a herbal remedy for diarrhea.
“This hardy plant will quickly spread
at autumn time its leaves turn red.”