Vitis riparia
(Riverbank Grape)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Riverbank Grape, Frost Grape, Wild Grape, Fox Grape, Northern Fox Grape, Plum Grape, Northern Muscadine, Swamp Grape
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 2 - 8
    Type: Vine
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Vitis riparia, or Riverbank Grape, is the most common wild grape, native to the northeast, central, midwestern and Rocky Mountain area of the United States. It is a perennial vine, that grows in many areas, but is especially common along rivers and streams, but also in ditches, in open woods, along woodland edges and in thickets, yards and waste areas. The plant blooms in mid to late spring with non-showy green-yellow flowers. By fall, clusters of blue grapes are present that reported have a rather tart flavor.

This species is most easily identified by its deeply lobed leaves and the fact that its leaves are smooth underneath and do not have excessive fuzz or a whitish color. More info and pictures will be posted later about differentiating from other grapes.

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