Plant Guide

Rhoicissus rhombifolia

Pronunciation: roh-ih-KISS-us rom-bih-FOLE-ee-uh
Family: Vitaceae
Synonym: Cissus rhombifolia
Common Name: Grape Ivy
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
  • vines and climbers

Height to: 10 ft
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 60 to 50ºF ZONE 12
  • 70 to 60ºF ZONE 13
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14

Bloom Description: Grape Ivy (Rhoicissus rhombifolia) bears hairy green flowers in cymes 1 1/4-3" long, followed by blue-black berries
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer

Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
  • part sun

Soil Type: Under glass; grow in soil-based potting mix in bright filtered or indirect light. outdoors; grow in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil
Plant Perks:
  • Container Gardening
  • Suitable for Houseplant

Pests and Diseases:

spider mites, whiteflies, mealybugs, powdery and downy mildew, aerial blight, stem and root rot, leaf spots

Propagation: Root hardwood or greenwood cuttings of Grape Ivy (Rhoicissus rhombifolia) in summer
Winter Sowing Zones: none
Native to: South Africa
Grape Ivy (Rhoicissus rhombifolia) is a vigorous climber, producing forked tendrils and 3 palmate, dark green leaves, to 6" long, with ovate to diamond shaped leaflets, boldly veined and coarsely toothed, with rust red hairs beneath.
Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA

USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12

Submitted by: kym
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