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Stockport Express - - Leisure -

●●Partheno­cis­sus YOU may have seen this red plant cov­er­ing dis­tin­guished look­ing build­ings at this time of year.

You take no­tice be­cause its cloak of green seems to turn a warm crim­son colour which deep­ens to pur­ple.

It’s not gen­er­ally suit­able for your av­er­age house be­cause it’s a very vig­or­ous self-climber, us­ing its self-ad­he­sive pads to cling to walls. It’s a vine, re­lated to the grape fam­ily, and pro­duces black berries af­ter flow­er­ing.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween a Vir­ginia Creeper and a Bos­ton Ivy lies in the shape of their leaves – the for­mer has five leaflets on each leaf stalk, the lat­ter is a sin­gle maple-shaped leaf.

If you do a have a large wall to cover, these per­form well on those dif­fi­cult north and east-fac­ing walls. Spread the stems in a fan shape when plant­ing to en­cour­age hor­i­zon­tal cov­er­age.

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