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Vitis cinerea var. helleri
Vitis cinerea (Engelm.) Engelm. ex Millard var. helleri (L.H. Bailey) M.O. Moore
Winter Grape, Heller's Grape, Gray-leaf Grape, Smooth-leaf Grape, Sweet Grape, Spanish Grape
Vitaceae (Grape Family)
Synonym(s): Vitis berlandieri, Vitis cordifolia var. helleri, Vitis helleri
USDA Symbol: vicih
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A common grape with a smooth surface on the lower side of the leaves. Lower surface of mature leaves with white, cobweblike hairs restricted to the veins and visible under a 10x hand lens. Leaf blades up to 4 1/2 inches long and 5 inches wide, broadly ovate to roughly heart shaped, usually with 2 broad lobes, a pointed tip, and broad teeth. Flowers minute, greenish, in branched, sometime s forked, clusters up to 8 inches long, appearing in April and May. Purplish to reddish grapes up to 5/16 inch wide, ripening from August to October, palatable.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 50 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Native Habitat: Flood plains/bottomland, Stream/river banks, Thickets
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Rooting Hormone needed for active cuttings and not for dormant cuttings.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Twines on fences & other plants, Attractive, Fruits ornamental
Use Wildlife: Fruit-small mammals, Fruit-birds
Use Food: Blackish or bluish fruit good for the table, wine, jelly.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0290 Collected Aug. 21, 1992 in Kendall County by Kristina Coates
BibliographyBibref 307 - Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest: Including recipes, harmful plants, natural dyes, and textile fibers: A Practical Guide (1999) Tull, D.
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vitis cinerea var. helleri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vitis cinerea var. helleri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vitis cinerea var. helleri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-04-02
Research By: NPC