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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: L48 (N)
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
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
adjacent Mex. & Channel Islands Native Habitat:
Stream banks & moist canyons below 4000 ft.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FAC || FAC |
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: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff