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Products > Cyphostemma juttae
Cyphostemma juttae - Wild grape

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Vitaceae (Grapes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Cissus juttae]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cyphostemma juttae (Wild grape) - A slow-growing deciduous succulent shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall or more but is usually seen much smaller in cultivation. It has heavy swollen main stems of the type of plants that is often called a caudiciform. These stems have papery, peeling bark and at the branch tips hold large (up to 1 foot long) gray-green ovate shaped fleshy leaves with toothed margins that emerge in late spring a red-purple color and fall off during winter. The flowers are held above the foliage but are tiny and inconspicuous and followed by showy grape-like bunches of pinkish red berries towards summer end. Though these berries look like grapes, to which this plant is related, they should not be eaten as they contain toxic levels of tannic acids. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally when in leaf - can be grown outdoors in our winter rainfall gardens but soil must drain well. Winter hardy to at least 25F - specimen plants at our nursery withstood 3 nights down to these temperatures in the January 2007 freeze. An interesting and attractive plant in the succulent garden or as a container specimen, even relatively small pots. The name for the genus comes from Greek words 'kyphos' meaning "hump" and stemma, meaning a "wreath" or "garland". The specific epithet honors Jutta Dinter, wife of the German botanist Kurt Dinter. Wild grape comes from arid southern Namibia where it grows in rocky soils. Our plants from the late Richard Bogart of Desert Images Nursery in Ojai.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Cyphostemma juttae.