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Edible uses


Fruit - raw or cooked[1][2]. A juicy texture with a sweet to acidic flavour[3]. The average yield per plant is about 750g per year[3]. (This seems exceedingly low[K].) The fruit contains about 8.6% sugars, 2.9% protein, 1.4% ash. Vitamin C content is 12.2mg per 100ml of juice[3]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[4] and is carried in small bunches like grapes.


Material uses

Plants can be allowed to sprawl on the ground, making a good ground cover when spaced about 3 metres apart each way[5]. They are very vigorous, however, and would soon swamp smaller plants[K].
There are no material uses listed for Parthenocissus himalayana.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Parthenocissus himalayana.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Climber or Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover


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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[4]. Stored seed requires stratifying for 6 weeks at 5°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[4]. Germination is variable. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm taken at a node (ensure that it has at least 2 true buds), July/August in a frame[6]. Easy to root but they do not always survive the first winter[7]. Basal hardwood cuttings of current seasons growth, 10 - 12 cm long, autumn in a frame[4].


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Requires a well-drained moisture retentive fertile soil and a sunny position[4]. Succeeds in semi-shade[5].

This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain, it succeeds in the milder areas of the country where it is best grown on an east or west facing wall[4][8]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Fruits are only produced after a long hot summer[8]. The fruit of this species is very late ripening and the plant has potential in breeding programmes with Vitis vinifera, especially in the Himalayas, where this trait could be useful[3].

A climbing plant, supporting itself by means of adhesive tendrils[7][8]. A very good climber for walls but it can invade gutters[7].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Parthenocissus himalayana
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? 1.01.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    3. ? Parmar. C. and Kaushal. M.K. Wild Fruits of the Sub-Himalayan Region. Kalyani Publishers. New Delhi. (1982-00-00)
    4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
    6. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    7. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
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    10. ? Wilson. E. H. Plantae Wilsonae. ()

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