Plant ID forum: Is this Virginia Creeper and Creeping Charlie?

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Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Murky
Jul 11, 2017 7:46 PM CST
I think the 5-leaved plant is Virginia Creeper. But I always thought that spread everywhere, but it's only these very few leaves of it in one corner, which is why I think I might be wrong about what it is.

And is the smaller ground cover under it Creeping Charlie? It has a very nice minty scent to it.

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Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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marymezzo
Jul 11, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Yes on both counts!

Virginia creeper will definitely spread if given the chance, as will creeping Charlie (ground ivy).
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Murky
Jul 11, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Thanks for the confirmation. It's about a 12' area between a fence and the back of my garage which was nothing but a jungle of weeds last summer when I moved in, I'm trying to keep it manageable this season. It does get enough overhead sun that I've got some milkweed and a big pokeberry bush (cedar waxwings love that thing) back there too, grape ivy, and the Creeping Charlie is actually a pretty decent ground cover, I love the scent of it when I'm back there.

I refuse to spend 2 days in the late fall cleaning that area up again this year! Hilarious!
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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marymezzo
Jul 14, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Oh, I know the feeling!

We're in the middle of clearing English ivy and wintercreeper from a rock wall. Definitely a task I'd want to repeat.

:-)
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2017 7:16 PM CST
I agree, Virginia Creeper and Creeping Charlie! I think Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) will eventually take over the state of Florida! We have it climbing trees and shrubs and creeping along the ground in our yard. LOL, I think I'd trade it for some Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) but if that has invasive tendencies, it would definitely join the ranks of so many hard to control plants we already have here. Rolling on the floor laughing
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