NATIVE RANGE: Eastern & Central North America
DESCRIPTION: Prolific climbing vine with five pointed leaves, blue berries, and adhesive pads at the ends of its tendrils
JEWELRY: Tendrils coated in wax to smooth and thicken them, cast in silver and gold.
HIDING PLACES: These thickets of dense vines provide cover for birds, rabbits and other small animals. Its fruit is toxic to humans, but is an important source of food for many birds.
NATIVE INVASIVES: Despite it being a natural part of the ecosystem from eastern Mexico up through Canada, it can sometimes be harmful to other vegetation because of its ability to spread rapidly, grow vertically, and suffocate young trees and other plants.