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Vitis girdiana Munson
Desert Wild Grape, Valley Grape, Southern California Grape
Vitaceae (Grape Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 30 feet long.
Fruit: Dark purple to black.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Native Distribution: S. CA, adjacent Mex. & Channel Islands
Native Habitat: Stream banks & moist canyons below 4000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
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
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vitis girdiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vitis girdiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vitis girdiana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff