Wild Grape (Vitis mustangensis, rotundifolia)

The wild grapes in Texas become available regularly around Midsummer (the Summer solstice) every year. Mustang grape vines have leaves which are silvery underneath while Muscadine (rotundifolia) are both light green above and below. Mustang grapes tend to ripen first, however, even unripened Muscadine grapes can be edible. Both varieties are wonderful Summer treats, and tend to appear in such quantities as to inspire spontaneous dancing and singing on hot Midsummer nights!

Both Mustang and Muscadine grapevines are prolific growers, and are capable of dominating any environment they are planted in. They are an amazing addition to any wild garden, but caution is encouraged as they can easily pull down any small shrub or young tree.

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