This genus in the grape family is made up of between 200 and 350 species of perennials, shrubs, and climbers grown mainly for their attractive foliage. Berries may be blue, black, red, or purple, but are generally inedible. Use Cissus species in containers, on trellises or arbors, or as houseplants.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsAttractive foliage.
CareSucculent species need full sun and very well-drained soil outdoors, and full light indoors. Non-succulent species prefer sun or part shade and moist, fertile soil outdoors, and filtered or indirect light indoors.
PropagationFrom cuttings or seed.
ProblemsMildews, stem and root rots, leaf spots, spider mites, whiteflies, mealybugs, aerial blight.