Angiosperms - Climbing Vines

Common and Scientific Name Details (blooming time) Photos

Coral or Trumpet Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

You cannot miss this bright red flower in the late spring. Found scattered in the park woods. (April-May) coral honey  

English Ivy

Hedera helix

The chronic headache of Peabody Park, English Ivy was planted as an ornamental around the campus buildings. This very agressive vine chokes out the more gentle native species. The Biology Dept hosts a Ivy Pull every spring to try to keep some control over its growth, but some areas are almost completely covered. ivy ivy takeover

Frost Grape

Vitis vulpina

Vine appearing throughout park, most noticably along the streams in the fields. Very attractive to bees of all types frost grape frost grape leaf

Greenbriar, Catbrier

Smilax spp.

A large a difficult genus of thorny vines, found in the park woods and in thickets. Most common is Smilax rotundifolia. (April) catbrier  

Japanese Honeysuckle

Lanicera japonica

Another invasive vine found throughout the park woods. Very fragrent when in bloom. (March-May) honeysuckle  

Morning Glory

Ipomoca panduata

Although more well known from its garden cultivars, this common flower is found in the wild, and can be spotted in a few locations in our park woods. morning glory  

Poison Ivy

Rhus radicans

Common along the disturbed edges of the park woods. Clearly identified by 3 asymetrical leaves at the terminal end of each branch. (May) poison ivy  

Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus rotundiflora

Common climbing vine on park margins, often confused with poison ivy, but has 5 radiating leaves. virgcreeper  


Wisteria sinensis

An ornamental,invasive, non-native vine. It has beautiful clusters of fragrant purple flowers in the spring. Can be aggressive and kill native species. (April) wisteria wisteria close