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Vitis girdiana (Desert wild grape)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Vitis girdiana

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 30 feet long.
Fruit: Dark purple to black.

Bloom Information

Bloom 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.


Use Food: Grapes are edible and make nice jelly.
Attracts: Birds


Description: 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

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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 on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vitis girdiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vitis girdiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vitis girdiana


Record Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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