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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 semi-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.

Parthenocissus henryana 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. 

This information about Parthenocissus henryana displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.