From California Natives Wiki
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'
- 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.