Monday, July 7, 2008

Native Plants of California ~ #3 In A Series



The California wild grape is so hardy and robust, it is used worldwide as root stock for wine grapes. This native vine grows abundantly along streams and rivers and elsewhere can survive periods of drought. Its twisting, roping vines are covered with green leaves and can grow up to thirty feet long. The leaves turn yellow and orange in autumn and birds feast on the small, sour, purple grapes and build nests in the cover of its thick leaves. Two cultivars are suited for native plant gardens: "Walker Ridge" leaves turn yellow in the autumn and "Roger's Red" turn a lovely red. Once established, both can survive the summer with no water.

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