California Wild Grape Vitis californica

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Botanical Name:

Vitis californica







Common Name:

California Wild Grape

Seeds Per Pound:
0.35 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
30 feet
Collection Locale:
Klamath River, CA
Crop Year:
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
In Stock: 0.35 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 34 seeds)
1 oz (~ 503 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 180 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep , tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* Vitis californica ( California wild grape ) is a wild grape species native to most of California and southwestern Oregon .
* It is a deciduous vine which can grow to over 10 m (30 feet) in length.
* In the fall the leaves turn many shades of orange and yellow, and bunches of small and often sour but edible purple grapes hang from the vines.
* It is a common sight along the banks of the Sacramento River .
* The grapes provide an important food source for a variety of wild animals, especially birds, and the foliage provides thick cover.
* The wild grape is strong and robust, and viticulturists worldwide often use it as rootstock for their wine grapes. more...
* Vitis californica is cultivated as an ornamental plant. The interesting shape and color of the leaves and the lush, trainable vines make this species an attractive garden plant.
* This vine is commonly used in native plant gardens, where once established it thrives without summer water. more...
* The fruit can be eaten raw, cooked or dried for winter use. It can also be made into jellies, pies etc. The fruit is quite juicy but is very small. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter, but it has a thin flesh and is of little value even in America for its fruit. Young leaves are wrapped around other foods and then baked, they impart a pleasant flavour. Young tendrils - raw or cooked. A pleasantly sour snack when eaten raw.
* A yellow dye is obtained from the fresh or dried leaves. The roots have been used as a basketry material for basket bottoms. Woody parts of the vines have been used for the rims of large cone-shaped carrying baskets. Smaller vines have been twisted to make a strong rope. more...
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