NOTE: Many details are not given for brevity. I h... read moreope others will understand how virulent virginia creeper can be and like all allergies, the reaction can be compounded with recurring exposures. Of the two this is the more attractive by far, and will be planting it to cover my chain-link fence next spring. Warning, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT plant this plant in any Southern garden, or you will be sorry! Good fences make good neighbors. It's terrific! On May 17, 2010, descoladavirus from Lexington, KY wrote: Virginia creeper plant grows along the sides of my house and garage, had to remove because spiders were using it as a stair to get in windowsills and creeping everyone out. poison ivy. I've been battling it ever since. ... read more
But don't use it if you like neat and manicured. I has been climbing over the top of our concrete garage since the beginning of time, and we've been here over 20 years. I love the way it climbs up the trunks of the oaks and turns a beautiful red in fall. Indians used it medicinally. On May 12, 2007, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote: *** Ever wonder how Virginia Creeper got its name? None of the gardeners here in Connecticut could put a name to the plant that I said made me sick. Either way, without those thick vines, there's enough definate virginia creeper around. Please be careful with removal of this weed. *~* Oh! there are many microclimates and creeper is a survivor. is just about perfect: not too delicate and not outrageously vigorous. So I got a steroid shot and some orals that I hope will help! I blamed the poor dog for bringing poison ivy home from our walks in the woods. People thinking of planting this stuff should be aware of what they are getting into! On Mar 29, 2012, jeffllind from Concord, KY wrote: I am the facility manager for a domestic violence shelter here in western Kentucky. The Engelman clings better than the Virginia but otherwise, without the tags on them, I can't tell which is which.
Beware, you could get quite sick from contact with this plant!! We're on 21 acres, so having a barrier to separate us from coyotes on the other side of the fence is the most desirous thing we can provide our land. Before I explore other reasons, I am wondering if there's a possibility that an incompatibility may exist. On Jul 25, 2004, Mophead from Aylesford,Canada wrote: The Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia is Zone 6a and Virginia Creeper is common. It looked like a hive or bug bite and developed itchy weeping bubbly blisters. ... read more At least the coyotes stay out and we've found that the skunks are discouraged from digging under the wire fence as they now have to contend with the roots of the vine as well. Because she was in shorts, tanktop and sneakers the blisters are everywhere. "Birds may have a particularly fatal reaction if they ingest the berries or leaves of Virginia creeper, which can cause renal failure, diarrhea with possible blood, vomiting, dilated pupils, seizures, paralysis and lack of urination. True... On Dec 30, 2011, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote: Reading the comments about the allergic reactions, I had to mention that my itch and bite and oozing of yellow, etc., was due to chiggers. Especially plants with determi... read morened root systems or vine habit. *~* Oh! Ours is in a contained area that won't let it spread to a garden. --majickmann
Virginia Creeper has a few different varieties available today. but YES they do give u the similar effect. I actually saw this plant for sale at a nursery recently and my hand wanted to reach out instinctively to weed it out of the pot! this plant whether I reacted to it or not! How much healthier to allow some of this plant to grow than to feed them from a crowded feeder where diseases can be spread. Virginia creeper exposure in a susceptible individual presents with symptoms that are clinically indistinguishable from those associated with exposure to poison ivy or poison oak. ith all the other native species of its region. She ended up burning that area and treating it with pesticide, which she otherwise rarely uses in her yard. I had planted allamanda and confederate jasmine alone the fence and they're now in mortal combat with the Virginia Creeper. After reading some of your posts, I realized that what I have out here is indeed Virginia Creeper--and lots of it, I might add. Really? The store had no idea what it was. And common sense. Needless to say I have an even worse reaction this time- it looks like acid was thrown on me. Do I want to have it my yard? It looks great on the aviary and helps shade the birds. However, the home remedies are almost without exception, terribly exacerbating the situation by *promoting infection and further damage*, although the victims don't know it, you should have left it be. From what I have read here, Virginia Creeper seems more toxic to some people than poison ivy. My daughter has missed school for a week now because she was exposed to creeper and has a severe itchy rash all over her arms, hands and face, and her face is terribly swollen. I prefer to plant this native in light-full shade. As for allergies, I don't seem to have any problem with it, my allergy is to plane trees which line the stree... read morets here, and give off a lot of fluffy things for several months of the year. On Jun 9, 2004, cynthia2232 from Muncy Valley, PA wrote: This plant has sent me to the emergency room more times than I or my pocketbook would care to count. I know what poison ivy looks like so when I first encounter Va Creeper/Woodbine I wasnt concerned. What about guests? Diligently repeat as necessary, don't give up! Thank You. Virginia Creeper leaves are one among many vine-species that you are actually looking at...not the poor host Oak, Maple, Elm, etc that is being choked to death! It could be worse; someone could have put calcium oxalate crystals on your toilet seat. I made double sure of everything close to my body. It is EXTREMELY established in our block and we see there being NO way that we would be able to get all the roots. I helped him finish pulling it and to my surprise it had grown all the way to the top of the tree and when it fell it landed on my face. On May 15, 2012, ladyangel4 from Round Hill, VA wrote: Simply brushing against this plant (and Trumpet creeper which also has the crystals) and then washing with Dawn soap/cold water as a precaution is fine in my experience. I've had it invade several places I've lived and I would NEVER invite the plant unless in a stainless plant pot with no drainage holes. I found this out the hard way. I went in, took all clothes off and washed them in hot water, showered with Dawn, and used new linens. Also kept applying cortizone cream several times a day. I constantly tear it from fences, trees, and flower beds. Weeks of antibiotic cream, piles of non-stick bandages, and roll after roll of self-sticking tapes saved me from the staph infection the doctor was concerned about.
The rash will look like small intensive bumps at every pore with mild exposure, or with extreme exposure big blisters. I am deathly afraid of this plant. My friend says that the "grease cutters" in the Dawn cut the oils from the plants. We find very large vines but I'm not sure whether it's virginia creeper or an actual wild grape. If you are the type that has to have everything in a neat row, this isn't for you... but for some of us that don't get mad at a leapard acting like one.. or a creeper that seems to always be creeping, its a wonderfull addition. He is a metalworker and mechanic, so he is around dirt and oil all day long and has a hard time keeping his fingernails clean while at work. I live in Virginia - we have lots of creeper here. It seems to find its way into the yard even though there doesn't seem to be a source. It keeps the house nice and cool in the summer, and sticks well to the bricks without damaging them in any way. made sure I knew what poison ivy, oak, and sumac looked like. They look like hives and generally do not ooze but can. I now have large dry scab... read mores and surrounding reddened areas on my arms and legs and look rather like a leper. The Dr. gave me a shot and I have to go another round of steroids. Anyone got some agent orange left over from Viet Nam? This spring I found one pops up on my front yard in place of my prized Pandora vine. I grew it wild on a hot rocky hillside mixed with Vinca Major, under Live Oak trees. Cut the vine back to an intersting line before digging. My latest episode was just two weeks ago when I pulled a semi-established vine of about 8 feet out and tossed into a bag with other weeds/grass from the beds. Thank you for all the interesting information on this yucky vine. I have a 3 and 5 yrs old so i pay very GOOD attention in my yard. Don't grow it! I just looked today to see if it was growing back and it is. I'm so glad to finally be able to identify it, thanks to your site! The roots of this vile weed spread between our yard and the neighbors (on both sides!). I have had the rash for almost 2 weeks now. It has dried up the blisters. Feels good and don't worry about some minor bleeding on the big blister areas. I finally decided to do more research online and low and behold its virginia creeper. If you have a contained place where it can't get out of hand, and you will love how it looks against rock. saint-paulii P. quinquefolia var. All days after exposure. I know you can order it, but the only place I've found to get it is from the fence that runs alongside the interstate. It's as bad if not worse than Poison Ivy. 24 hours later I'm blistering. On Jul 9, 2011, majickmann from Fairview, TN wrote: I grew up on a farm in Kentucky and have plenty of experience with poison ivy and poison oak. Vinegar is the killing agent so the more acid you can take with some burning sensation the better. Good luck with your efforts to clear the plants
Do not add this to your garden, you will be sorry. On May 21, 2007, AuntieNancy from Minneapolis, MN wrote: I'm hoping to be able to change my neutral experience into a positive one. As a native plant it evolved w... read moreith all the other native species of its region. In my opnion. My arm also began developing itchy spots. Virginia Creeper is a woody plant, with bark. I was somewhat relieved because I am allergic to poison ivy. On Aug 30, 2007, Chesler from Woburn, MA wrote: I found this page when I was looking at poison ivy links -- I've got the rash but couldn't find the plant. This vine is extremely invasive. The Virginia creeper plant, also called American ivy, ampelopsis and woodbine, can cause a skin rash, according to the Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac Information Center. My fiance isn't allergic to it thankfully. On May 25, 2010, Dimmerdiva from North Haven, CT wrote: I found it amazing that there are people who would actually purchase and plant this noxious weed! Fast grower and nice color, even here. This aggressively vining, woody perennial is native to parts of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and is sometimes mistaken for poison ivy. When his leg was swelled up three times its normal size he finally showed me, and we went immediately to the ER where he was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics because he had severe cellulitis, which is an infection in the deeper tissue of the skin. And waiting out the 2-4 weeks for it to go away. I used to think it was beautiful in autumn, climbing over my roof; that was, until it pulled tiles off! There is no need to buy it,,,,I have never planted it yet I have to pull it up everwhere all summer long,,,,,what fool would pay for this,,,,,
On Mar 30, 2007, jadajoy from Newport News, VA (Zone 11) wrote: While spring cleaning the yard I noticed that my 8 foot azalea bush was dying on one side. On May 13, 2009, DenverJude from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote: I love this plant. It's very pretty when you find it on a tree in the fall with it's deep red leaves and vine and purple berries. Also, I read here that someone had severe swelling around the eyes and mouth, which even without an infection can be very dangerous and might require a corticosteroid injection to prevent throat swelling or eye damage. The second rash started in little spots on my arms and legs. This site is AWESOME! Never had a problem with a rash, though...BEAUTIFUL foilage in the fall. On Oct 26, 2007, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote: I like this plant. I can understand why people with formal gardens don't like it, but for my all-native wild garden it's essential. I was cleaning out some vines by my house, sure enough, a couple days later, bam, I was covered. On Jun 30, 2008, Sansevieria from Orangeburg, NY (Zone 6a) wrote: Virginia Creeper (lives in zones 2b-3 thru 9) is a North American native for walls, fences, etc that need cover-up. The skin surrounding the hives may be red. This wonât kill the roots but will kill everything in the tree. :) (I say as I feel like peeling my skin off it hurts and itches so bad right now). I have subsequently sprayed it with weedkiller and pulled it out every year and it still comes back. you can clear significant areas at a time. I live in Zone 5a, way up in the Catskill Mountains! I covered the affected skin with gauze, tape, and band aids, since it seeped yellowish ooze. If you have a contained place where it can't get out of hand, and you will love how it looks against rock. Variegata - A less vigorous vine than the species, leaves marked with yellow and white then developing a pink and red fall color. It will eventually kill them! It was everywhere that I'd touched my hands to my skin before taking a shower--including all over my face and neck. By that evening, I already had a rash developing around my eyes. On Jul 7, 2019, barrenelly from Norwich,United Kingdom wrote: My neighbour has Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) growing on his property but next to my outbuildings, in Norwich, England, UK. Invasive? This plant grows on one fence mixed in with trumpet vine ... read moreand on a large aviary.