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Vitis californica Benth.
California grape, California wild grape, Western wild grape
USDA Symbol: VICA5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, OR Native Distribution: CA
Coast Ranges & Sierra foothills to s.w. OR Native Habitat:
Stream banks & moist canyons below 4000 ft.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU || FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff