Chinese Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus henryana

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Chinese Virginia creeper


The Chinese Virginia creeper, commonly known as Parthenocissus henryana, is a climbing vine noted for its beautiful foliage. The leaves of the Chinese Virginia creeper are compound, typically with three leaflets, although sometimes five. This gives the vine a full, lush appearance. Each leaflet has a silver or white vein that runs through the center, providing a striking contrast against the deep green color of the leaves. During the fall, the foliage undergoes a stunning transformation, shifting to a brilliant display of reds and purples, which adds seasonal interest to the garden. In addition to its attractive leaves, the Chinese Virginia creeper produces inconspicuous flowers that are not particularly ornamental. The flowers later give way to small, blue-black berries that can attract birds and other wildlife to the garden. These berries provide a visual interest, while also serving as a food source for animals. The tendrils of this vine are equipped with adhesive pads that allow the plant to easily climb and adhere to surfaces without the need for additional support. The vine uses these tendrils to climb walls, fences, and other structures, making it an excellent choice for vertical gardening. Overall, the Chinese Virginia creeper is a versatile and visually appealing plant, with distinctive foliage that provides a lush backdrop and seasonal color to any space it inhabits.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Chinese Virginia Creeper, Silvervein Creeper, Henry's Creeper

    • Common names

      Parthenocissus henryana.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Chinese Virginia Creeper is not typically known for being highly toxic to humans. However, it is generally recommended that any part of the plant not be ingested, as it can potentially cause mild stomach upset. This is due to the presence of substances like saponins, which can be irritating when consumed in significant quantities. There are no severe symptoms of poisoning expected, but caution is still advisable to avoid any negative health consequences.

    • To pets

      The Chinese Virginia Creeper can be mildly toxic to pets if ingested. The symptoms of poisoning in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain due to the presence of saponins and other irritants found in the plant. In most cases, the toxicity is low, and serious complications are rare. However, it is important to prevent pets from chewing or ingesting the plant to avoid these potential adverse effects.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      10 30 (3 10m)

    • Spread

      6 18 (2 5m)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: Parthenocissus henryana, commonly known as the Chinese virginia creeper, is widely appreciated for its decorative foliage which adds aesthetic appeal to gardens and walls.
    • Shade provider: The dense foliage of the Chinese virginia creeper can create shaded areas that can cool down spaces and reduce the need for air conditioning.
    • Erosion control: The vigorous growing habit of the plant helps stabilize soil and control erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Wildlife habitat: The plant provides shelter and nesting sites for birds and other wildlife.
    • Seasonal interest: It offers visual interest throughout the seasons with its changing leaf colors, especially the striking reddish or purplish hues in the fall.
    • Privacy screen: It can be grown to cover fences or walls, providing a natural privacy screen.
    • Low maintenance: Once established, the Chinese virginia creeper requires minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Fast growth: It has a rapid growth rate, quickly covering structures and landscapes, which is beneficial for new gardens or when quick coverage is desired.
    • Hardiness: Parthenocissus henryana is tolerant of a variety of soil conditions and can withstand urban pollution, making it suitable for city environments.
    • Flexibility in planting: It can grow in various lighting conditions, from full sun to deep shade, making it a versatile choice for many garden settings.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Parthenocissus henryana, commonly known as Chinese Virginia creeper, can provide natural shade over pergolas or patios due to its fast-growing, dense foliage.
    • Its extensive vine structure can be used to create living privacy screens along fences or walls, replacing the need for manufactured materials.
    • The plant's ability to climb and cover unsightly structures makes it ideal for beautifying urban infrastructure such as freeway pillars or sound barriers.
    • When grown on trellises, Chinese Virginia creeper can act as a green backdrop for gardens, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of outdoor spaces.
    • Its vines and leaves can be incorporated into floral arrangements or used as a base for wreaths and other decorative crafts.
    • In autumn, when the leaves turn a deep red color, they provide a striking and temporary natural dye for fabrics and artwork.
    • The stems can be used in basket weaving to create unique, organic patterns and textures.
    • Gardeners may use the dried vines as natural ties for staking other plants, blending seamlessly into the garden landscape.
    • Photographers and filmmakers sometimes utilize Chinese Virginia creeper as a lush, visually interesting backdrop for photo shoots or film scenes.
    • By planting Chinese Virginia creeper in urban areas, it can help reduce noise pollution as the dense foliage acts as a sound dampener.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Chinese Virginia Creeper is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chinese Virginia Creeper is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Ambition: The pervasive nature of the Chinese Virginia creeper, as it grows rapidly and climbs high, may represent personal or professional ambition and the drive to reach the top.
    • Adaptability: Given its capacity to thrive in various conditions, this plant can symbolize the ability to adapt to different environments and situations.
    • Persistence: The Chinese Virginia creeper's tenacious grip as it supports itself on structures and trees reflects a characteristic of persistence and determination.
    • Protection: As the plant creates a lush cover over the surfaces it climbs, it can represent protection and shelter.
    • Growth: With its vigorous growth habit, the Chinese Virginia creeper signifies personal growth, development, and the unstoppable force of life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Chinese Virginia creeper should be watered thoroughly but not too frequently, allowing the soil to become slightly dry between waterings. During the active growing season in spring and summer, water it about once a week with approximately 1 gallon of water for outdoor plants or 16-24 ounces for smaller indoor pots. Cut back on watering in the fall and winter to every two to three weeks as growth slows down. Ensure that the pot has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.

  • sunLight

    The Chinese Virginia creeper thrives in partial shade to full sun. It is adaptable but benefits from morning sunlight and afternoon shade, particularly in hotter climates. An east or west-facing spot where it receives light for at least part of the day would be ideal. Avoid deep shade as this can lead to less vigorous growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Chinese Virginia creeper can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but prefers conditions between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is hardy and can survive temperatures down to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from extreme cold. During hot summers, it can withstand highs up above 90 degrees Fahrenheit but might need additional shade or water to prevent stress.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Chinese Virginia creeper to maintain its shape and size and to remove any dead or damaged growth. It is best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Depending on the size and location, pruning may also be needed throughout the growing season to keep the vine in check. If grown on structures, ensure it doesn't damage the building or become too invasive.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Chinese Virginia creeper thrives best in well-draining, loamy soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.5. A mix consisting of garden soil, compost, and perlite or vermiculite is ideal to ensure proper drainage and aeration. Regular top-dressing with organic matter can help maintain soil fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Repot the Chinese Virginia creeper every 2-3 years, or when it outgrows its current pot. This plant does not have a high demand for frequent repotting, as it can manage in the same pot for a few years provided it has adequate space for root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Chinese Virginia creeper prefers moderate humidity levels but is adaptable to a range of conditions. For optimal growth, maintain indoor humidity around 40-50%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Grow Chinese Virginia creeper in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in part-shade to full sun, and provide support for climbing.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Parthenocissus henryana, commonly known as the Chinese Virginia creeper, begins its life cycle with seed germination in suitable moist and partly shaded conditions. The plant then enters a juvenile vegetative stage, where it rapidly grows and climbs, using its tendrils to attach to surfaces. As it matures, its leaves, which are compound with a characteristic silver vein patterning, expand to capture sunlight for photosynthesis. The Chinese Virginia creeper reaches reproductive maturity within a few years, developing inconspicuous flowers that are pollinated by wind or insects. After pollination, the flowers produce blue-black berries that are dispersed by birds, allowing the plant to spread. The plant enters a period of dormancy during the colder months, shedding its leaves and conserving energy to begin the cycle anew in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Chinese Virginia creeper, or Parthenocissus henryana, is commonly propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. The ideal time for taking cuttings is during the summer months when the plant is actively growing. A semi-hardwood cutting is a piece of stem taken from the current year's growth that has started to mature but is not fully hardwood. To propagate, select a healthy portion of the vine that includes several nodes, and cut it into sections about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long. Each cutting should have at least two or three sets of leaves. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth and plant it in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil moist and the cuttings in a warm, shaded area until roots have developed, which can take a few weeks to a couple of months.