Cissus quadrangularis (Veld Grape) is a hardy plant that can be grown either as a groundcover or a low-growing vine or creeper. The plant thrives in full sun to semi-shade and prefers moderate water. Its ornamental foliage and edible fruits are an added bonus. The leaflets of the leaves are a succulent, somewhat fleshy, with three lobes and the stem has four distinctive wings. Though it is native to Southern and Eastern Africa, Arabia and India, it can be grown in USDA Zones 9 to 11.
When it comes to growing, Cissus quadrangularis is easy to maintain. Regular watering and a sunny spot will make the plant thrive. To ensure optimal health, keep a look out for insect pests and protect from strong winds. Fertilize the plant with a liquid solution that is safe for use on food plants, or alternatively use an organic fertilizer.
Cissus quadrangularis is a mature plant that is cold hardy at least to 30°F for a short time. When cultivated in cold regions, it is best to grow in a pot and move it indoors in the winter months. When keeping it indoors, make sure to provide adequate sunlight, water it regularly and reduce humidity by providing sufficient airflow. When transplanting, make sure that the soil is deep and well drained.
Cissus quadrangularis is a great choice for its ethnomedical properties, ornamental foliage, edible fruits and attractive flowers. Plus, it is low-maintenance and easy to care for. Its cold hardiness and versatile nature make it a great option for a variety of spaces.