Possum Grape

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Possum Grape

Cissus trifoliata
Cow-itch Vine; Grape Ivy
5

20 feet
5

30 feet
Southeastern U.S.; Mexico; Central America
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Birds

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.

Maintenance

None required.

Features

Plant Type:
Vine
Size:
5-20' H, 5-30' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds
Flower Color:
Green
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Sap can induce contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Coupon Eligible:
No

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