MUSCADINE {GRAPE} (Vitis rotundifolia)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: MUSCADINE {GRAPE} (Vitis rotundifolia)

Quick growing deciduous vine that will cover a fence (and anything else in its path). It is very aggressive, but provides for wildlife in the form of food and EXCELLENT cover, so worth the effort to keep it in check. Can be used to make wreaths. Dioecious so youll need both male and female plants to produce fruit.

Berries contain several seeds so while tasty, they do require some effort (see how far you can spit the seeds). Better for use in jelly or wine.

Learn: http://www.floridata.com/ref/v/viti_rot.cfm

The leaves of the vines were under attack by the larva of some Flea Beetle (Altica spp.) I have seen some natural predators of Flea Beetles in the yard so I am not concerned. I haven’t seen any great outbreak of adult flea beetles, which apparently can damage buds.

“Larval damage should not affect grape quality or yield”. (source): http://www.vegedge.umn.edu/vegpest/grapes/FleaBeetle.htm

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Vitis+rotundifolia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2026

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