Climbing vine with simple, lobed leaves opposite curly tendrils. Fruits are berry-like and purple-black, white, or red in color with four ovoid seeds. Fruits often found in bunches. Fruits present September through October.
Domestic grapes are often cultivated, as 8000 varieties have been described. Wild domestic grape often found in thickets, disturbed areas, along roadsides, and wooded areas. Ranges throughout most of North America.
Uses and Parts Used:
Leaf tea used to treat diarrhea, hepatitis, thrush, and stomachache. Leaf poultice applied externally for sore chest, headache, rheumatism, and fevers.
Summer vines contain potable water.
Seeds contain antioxidant compounds and extracts are sold commercially. Grape seed extract has been positively tested for use in treating microcirulatory disorders such as varicose veins.
May be confused with Canada Moonseed (Menispermum canadense) which is toxic.