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Cissus trifoliata

Possum Grape Ivy

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Item #: 849

Zones: 5b to 9b


Height: 180" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(syn: Cissus incisa) This unique and wonderful cold hardy grape ivy is similar to the type you kill indoors in hanging baskets. Native to the US, from Kansas south into Mexico and Florida, this non-invasive vine grows naturally in habitats as diverse as dry rocky ledges as well as salt marshes...we recommend fences, gazebos, and ugly buildings. Cissus trifoliata is composed of purple stems and adorned with thick, rubbery, artificial-feeling, trifoliate foliage. Cissus trifoliata attaches to objects (usually not pets) by means of miniature suction cups. In summer, the green foliage develops a red tint to the leaf edges and in late September the 15' long vine is adorned with clusters of small, black, grape-like fruits...truly an amazing and underused plant. Thanks to plantsman Jim Waddick for turning us on to this gem nearly a decade ago!