Scientific Name:Parthenocissus quinquefolia
About this Herb:Native to eastern and central North America, southeastern Canada and eastern Mexico, this woody vines leaves have five leaflets joined from a central point that are serrated and turn deep red in the fall. Its small forked tendrils have strong sticky pads on their tips giving it the ability to climb smooth surfaces. In the late spring clusters of small greenish flowers appear and by late summer or early fall they mature into small hard purplish-black berries.
Common Names:Five Leaf Ivy, American ivy, False Grape, Five Finger Ivy, Five Finger Creeper, Five Leaves, Hiedra, Parra, Redtwig-Creeper, Wild Woodbine, Woodbine
Uses:Infusion taken for yellow jaundice, a compound decoction of twigs used as a wash to counteract poison sumac, a leaf tea is taken for difficulty urinating, a hot decoction of stems and leaves applied to reduce swellings, a poultice of crushed leaves and vinegar applied to wounds and lockjaw and a decoction of root taken for diarrhea.
Applications:Tea: Leaf tea: Drink 1/8 cup of hot tea per day. (Check with physician first.)
Poultice: Apply to afflicted area.
Decoction: Made with twigs, this decoction is applied to afflicted areas. A hot decoction of stems and leaves is applied to reduce swelling.