Plant ID forum: Low-growing, creeping ground cover

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Name: Tina E.
Central Connecticut (Zone 6b)
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encarna
Aug 15, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Found this growing while weeding a long-neglected perennial bed. It has very thin, red stems that creep along the ground and cascade over the edge of the raised bed.

Anyone out there know what this is? Should I keep it or pull it?


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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 15, 2013 9:21 AM CST

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It's Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus vitacea)

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus vitacea)

It's a native vine that has great bright red fall color. It's worth keeping for that alone, but it can be somewhat aggressive. If you have formal beds, it's probably not something you want. But, if your beds are more naturalistic it can be a nice component, especially if you can train it to climb a tree.
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Aug 16, 2013 7:27 AM CST
The plant appears to be stoliniferous rather than vine like. In addition, the five "leaflets" are not palmate (not uniformly divided) and have no leaflet stems (only a single leaf petiole). Petioles and stolons (or stems if I am wrong) are hairy, not glabrous. Not sure what it is, but I am confident it is not Parthenocissus vitacea or P. quinquefolia.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Aug 16, 2013 7:57 AM CST
It's very similar to Creeping Cinquefoil, Potentilla reptans.

http://static.flickr.com/122/312812129_10a643dcd4_o.jpg

http://www.plant-identification.co.uk/skye/rosaceae/potentil...

Possilby a Potentilla or near relative?
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Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 16, 2013 8:05 AM CST
Potentilla canadensis is possible ..

http://www.missouriplants.com/Yellowalt/Potentilla_canadensi...

http://luirig.altervista.org/schedenam/fnam.php?taxon=Potent...

http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plants/details/potenti...

http://www.namethatplant.net/gallery_comparison.shtml?compar...
Name: Tina E.
Central Connecticut (Zone 6b)
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encarna
Sep 21, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Thank you for all the responses. JRsBugs, it does look a lot like the potentilla canadensis. I'll try to look out for those little yellow flowers.

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