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Arizona Grape Ivy, Sorrelvine

Cissus trifoliata

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Vine, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
10-20' × 10-20'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season November-May
Flower Color Whitish/green
Minimum Temperature Range -10 °F
Leaf Description Three lobed, succulent
Fruit Purple berries
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Elevation Range 3500-5000 ft.
Ethnobotany Poisonous to eat, and can cause dermatitis if handled
Description Though widespread in the western hemisphere, in Arizona this plant is only found in the sky islands in the southeastern corner of the state. Look for this plant in washes and disturbed habitats. Grape ivy bears a resemblance to the related Arizona grape, but is distinguished by its fleshy, succulent, three lobed leaves and much darker berries. The bloom is made up of clusters of whitish-green four-petaled flowers, followed by dark fruits. This plant can trail along boulders or climb up trees and shrubs or trellises. In the winter this plant dies back to an underground potato-like tuber.