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PlantFiles: Veldt Grape
Cissus quadrangularis

Family: Vitaceae (vee-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cissus (KISS-us) (Info)
Species: quadrangularis (kwad-ran-gew-LAIR-iss) (Info)

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wormfood On Jan 13, 2007, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I got the plant because it's "different". I'm growing the plant because I need it for my health. Osteoporosis. Which causes tiny fractures in bones. It is produced for body builders. Heals bones, builds muscle, an Anti-inflamatory and heard stories of healing tennis elbow (which I got from pulling weeds). It grows like crazy up trees. And blooms at the end of summer. They are the little "grape" leaves.
Also called Winged treebine.

Positive goldhillal On Jul 21, 2006, goldhillal from (Crystal) Waverly, AL wrote:

I recently acquired a rooted cutting of this plant. I bought it because of the name- Cissus. I have grown Cissus discolor (a very different looking plant) for many years and could hardly believe this was a Cissus also. Google Cissus images to see some weird plants. It has doubled in size in the month I've had it. I have it growing up a small tomato cage and plan to let it attach to the oak tree if it wants to. That is how I grow Cissus discolor also. I will worry about how to get it indoors in October!

Neutral nancyanne On Jan 2, 2006, nancyanne from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The top photo is most certainly *not* Cissus quadrangularis...I would like this plant better if I could find a good way to grow it - it doesn't like to grow any way other than flopping over!
It is a real survivor, though, and has a certain bizarre attractiveness.

Positive MotherNature4 On May 28, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

When this plant is happy it sprouts ivy-like leaves from the nodes. It does well as a hanging plant. Like most succulents, it does not require much water and needs well drained soil. MN4


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Waverly, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Bartow, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Milton, Florida
Youngsville, Louisiana

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