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Products > Parthenocissus henryana
Parthenocissus henryana - Silver Vein Creeper

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Vitaceae (Grapes)
Origin: China (Asia)
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Parthenocissus henryana (Silver Vein Creeper) - A scrambling deciduous vine that climbs by tendrils and disk-like suckers with green and red leaves that have a silver white coloration following the veins of the leaf. These leaves are palmately compound with the middle leaflet being the largest and with the leaf bases and underside being entirely colored a maroon red. Before going deciduous it turns to shades of orange and red. Plant in sun or shade, water regularly. Hardy to around -10 F. This vine spreads quickly to 16-20 feet but is generally more restrained and not as dense growing in comparison to other Parthenocissus species. It is particularly noted for its decorative red foliage and is useful and attractive growing up on a fence or trellis. This plant is native to China where it grows on rocks or along hillsides and moist rocky cliffs from 300 to 5,000 feet in elevation in the providences of Chongqing, Gansu, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan. The name Parthenocissus comes from Greek word 'parthenos' meaning "virgin" and 'kissos' (Latinized as 'cissus"), an ancient name for an ivy-like vine. The reasons given for this name vary with some believing it comes from the fact that some species in the genus form seeds without pollination (Apomixis) or that the scientific name actually was in reference to the English common name "Virginia creeper" for this plant since Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I, also known as the the "Virgin Queen". The specific epithet was named to honor the Irish botanist and plant collector Augustine Henry. This plant was first introduced into California in 1936 by John Armstrong of Armstrong Nurseries and was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Another common name for this plant is Chinese Virginia Creeper.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Parthenocissus henryana.