Gift #470: Autumn vines

The woods in Indiana are filled with vines.  They go largely unnoticed until this time of year, and then they flame red, creating a stark contrast to the brown bark up which they twine.  The vines are not particular about what they’ll grow on – a general rule of thumb is if it’s stationary for longer than 30 minutes, it’s fair game.  I believe that most of the vines in these pictures are of the virgina creeper variety.

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You have to be very careful though, because poison ivy also has a vine-like habit and its leaves turn beautiful colors during autumn.  So one must always count the leaves before snuggling too close with the lovely vines.  Sneaky poison ivy….

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I enjoyed seeing the vines drape the forests at Spring Mill.  They grew up the majority of trees and blanketed a lot of the groundcover as well.  In fact, it was so plentiful, it made me wonder if they weren’t in fact exotic invasive species.  Hmm..  I just checked with google and we can all breathe a sigh of relief.  I’m not showing off the worst environmental disaster to hit our forests.

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Virgina creeper is native to eastern North American forests and was used for many medicinal purposes by the Native American tribes in the region.  This is good to know, as I’ll explain this to my neighbor as the virigina creeper next to the garage invades their yard…one tendril at a time.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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One Response to Gift #470: Autumn vines

  1. Beautiful photos, Sarah. The birds in your garden must bless you for allowing the vines to be there. I’ve learned that Virginia Creeper is also a favorite of hungry deer…. Cheers! WG

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