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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Vitis girdiana Munson
Desert wild grape, Valley grape, Southern California grape
USDA Symbol: vigi2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A deciduous vine to 30 ft. that, without support, makes a nice ground cover. Stems have shreddy bark and the white-fuzzy leaves are roundish and lobed. Fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers are followed by clusters of small, edible, black grapes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
Climber Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
CA Native Distribution:
S. CA, adjacent Mex. & Channel Islands Native Habitat:
Stream banks & moist canyons below 4000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Food: Grapes are edible and make nice jelly.
PropagationDescription: Most often propagated from dormant hardwood cuttings. Treated seeds are also used.
Seed Collection: Strip ripe fruits from the vines. Clean seeds before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of most Vitis species require a cool-moist stratification period.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff