Cow-itch Vine; Grape Ivy
Southeastern U.S.; Mexico; Central America
- Central Texas
- Part Sun/Shade
About This Plant
Evergreen, as long as it doesn’t freeze; otherwise perennial. An interesting native vine capable of climbing trees, stones, and walls; the tendrils have distinctive leaves and bluish berries resemble grapes or English ivy. The foliage is thick and fleshy, like a succulent. Crushing the leaves yields an unmistakable fetid odor. Possum grape is native to shaded woodlands and edges; it’s a mild-mannered, attractive perennial that requires no particular maintenance or care whatsoever. Whether intentional or not, its most common landscape application seems to be to ornament stone mailboxes and fences around unirrigated, shaded sites.
5-20' H, 5-30' W
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Sap can induce contact dermatitis in some individuals.