Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)



(Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

Boston-IvyBoston Ivy

Like the related Virginia creeper, it is widely grown as a climbing ornamental plant to cover the façades of masonry buildings. Its use for this in Boston, Massachusetts, United States has resulted in one of the alternative names. This usage is actually economically important because, by shading walls during the summer, it can significantly reduce cooling costs.

It is readily distinguished from Virginia creeper by the simple leaves (always palmately compound with 5 leaflets in Virginia creeper).

Boston-Ivy-Fall-ColorBoston Ivy – Fall Colors

The plant secretes calcium carbonate,[1] which serves as an adhesive pad and gives it the ability to attach itself to a wall without requiring any additional support. While it does not penetrate the building surface but merely attaches to it, nevertheless damage can occur from attempting to rip the plant from the wall. However, if the plant is killed first, such as by severing the vine from the root, the adhesive pads will eventually deteriorate to the point where the plant can be easily removed without causing any damage to the wall.

Perhaps one of its most famous uses in the United States is the famous ivy covered brick outfield walls at Wrigley Field.  “Jason Canon. “‘The Ivy League'”

Toxic Principle:
All Parts of this plant are considered poisonous

Poisoning Symptoms include:
Possible symptoms could be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. and in some cases it could Be Fatal.


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