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Vitis californica Benth.
California grape, California wild grape, Western wild grape
USDA Symbol: VICA5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This is a deciduous vine to 30 ft. that, without support, makes a nice ground cover. Stems have shreddy bark and the leaves are roundish and somewhat 3-lobed. Fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers are followed by clusters of small, edible, purple grapes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
CA , OR Native Distribution:
CA Coast Ranges & Sierra foothills to s.w. OR 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:
This can be an aggressively rampant vine
so care should be taken to select an adequate space.
PropagationDescription: Grown easily from seeds or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Strip ripe fruits from the vines. Clean seeds before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary, though a 1 month cool-moist stratification may improve germination.
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: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff