(Labrusca, Vinifera)

Aminia is one of the best early grapes, its season being with or a

little after Moore Early. The grapes are of high quality and

attractive appearance, but the bunches are small, variable in size,

not well formed and the berries ripen unevenly. The vine is vigorous

but is neither as hardy nor as productive as a commercial variety

should be. In 1867 Isadora Bush, a Missourian, planted v
nes of Rogers

No. 39 from several different sources. When these came into bearing,

he distinguished three varieties. Bush selected the best of the three

and, with the consent of Rogers, named it Aminia. In spite of Bush's

care, there are two distinct grapes cultivated under this name.

Vine vigorous, precariously hardy, lacking in productiveness.

Canes rough, long, thick, dark brown; nodes enlarged; internodes

long; tendrils intermittent, long, trifid or bifid, persistent.

Leaves large; upper surface dull, smooth; lower surface light

green, pubescent; lobes three; terminal lobe acute; petiolar sinus

deep, narrow, often closed and overlapping; basal sinus usually

lacking; lateral sinus shallow, narrow; teeth shallow, wide.

Flowers open in mid-season, self-sterile; stamens reflexed.

Fruit early, keeps well. Clusters small, broad, irregular,

conical, sometimes with a long shoulder, loose; pedicel long with

few warts; brush short, thick, brownish-red. Berries variable,

round, dull black with thin bloom, persistent, firm; skin thick,

tender, adherent with purplish-red pigment, astringent; flesh

greenish, translucent, tender, solid, coarse, foxy; good. Seeds

adherent, one to six, very large.