Vitis vinifera

Common Names: Common grape vine
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Grape family

It is a long-stemmed, woody vine growing to 32 m in length, with flaky bark. The leaves are alternate, palmately lobed, 5 to 20 cm long and broad. The fruit is a berry, known as a grape; in the wild species it is 6 mm diameter and ripens dark purple to blackish with a pale wax bloom; in cultivated plants it is usually much larger, up to 3 cm long, and can be green, red, or purple (black).

In Connecticut they are typically found as abandoned remnants of an earlier farm or orchard. Otherwise naturally occurs in humid forests and streamsides.

Primary Flower Color: Green
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: Fruits are edible and commonly available in supermarkets or as wine in liquor stores. There are many grape products available including grape juice, grape jelly, and raisins. Leaves are used in Mediterranean cooking.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.