Herb latin name: Vitis labruscana

Family: Vitaceae (Grape Family)

Edible parts of Vitis labruscana:

Fruit - raw or dried for winter use. A "foxy" flavour that is not normally relished in Europe. However, the fruit is larger and less "foxy" than V. labrusca. The fruit is about 25mm in diameter and is carried in fairly large bunches. The fruit is commonly used for making wine in N. America. Young leaves are wrapped around other foods and then baked, they impart a pleasant flavour. Young tendrils - raw or cooked.

Description of the plant:


15 m
(49 feet)

to July

Habitat of the herb:

Not known in the wild.

Other uses of Vitis labruscana:

A yellow dye is obtained from the fresh or dried leaves. Greenish-blue and dark blue dyes can be obtained from the fruit skins of the cultivar "Concord".

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Six weeks cold stratification improves the germination rate, and so stored seed is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is obtained. Germination should take place in the first spring, but sometimes takes another 12 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in early summer. This is a hybrid species and so seed is unlikely to breed true. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, December/January in a frame. These cuttings can be of wood 15 - 30cm long or they can be of short sections of the stem about 5cm long with just one bud at the top of the section. In this case a thin, narrow strip of the bark about 3cm long is removed from the bottom half of the side of the stem. This will encourage callusing and the formation of roots. Due to the size of these cuttings they need to be kept in a more protected environment than the longer cuttings. Layering.

Cultivation of Vitis labruscana:

Not known in the wild.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Vitis labruscana:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.