Vitis girdiana

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Vitis girdiana
Vitis girdiana
Vitis girdiana

Species Name: Vitis girdiana
Common Name: Wild Desert Grape

Great on arbors, fences. Attracts birds. Tolerates all soils. Found throughout California. Sweet edible fruit. Caution: Fruit is toxic to dogs.

Plant Family: Vitaceae
Plant Type: Vine
Height by Width: To 50 feet long
Growth Habit: Climbing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southwestern California, Southeastern Sierra Nevada, Desert, Baja California.
Natural Habitat: Chaparral woodlands. Streamsides and canyon bottoms below 4000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A deciduous vine of very rapid growth, soon covering a large area. The foliage is large, rich green and very attractive. Grows best in shade or partial shade. Gallon cans, 60c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.