Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’

Purple-leafed ornamental grape
VITACEAE, The Grape family

I first saw this gorgeous thing at Hadspen in Somerset, in the wine-red section of the color garden, tangled up with a Gallica rose, ‘Tuscany Superb’. Later that day at Tintinhull (great minds think alike,) I saw this vine growing on the summer house.

Today I moved Kim’s purple grape from her old garden to the new boulevard garden. It’s on a lovely metal obelisk near the corner. It can grow to 20 feet long, but is easily pruned. The leaves are a dusky purple that turns burgundy in autumn. Plant in full sun for the best color. A cultivar of wine and table grapes, this vine produces small berries that are pretty but not the most flavorful.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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