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Wisteria - An extremely hardy plant!
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Vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise
or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb
as high as 20 m above the ground and spread out 10 m laterally.
The world's largest known Wisteria vine is in Sierra Madre,
California, measuring more than 1 acre in size and weighing
250 tons. Planted in 1894, it is of the Chinese lavender variety.
|The leaves are
alternate, 15 to 35 cm long, pinnate, with 9 to 19 leaflets. The
flowers are produced in pendulous racemes 10 to 80 cm long, similar
to those of the genus Laburnum, but are purple, violet, pink or
white. There is no yellow on the leaves. Flowering is in the spring
|The flowers of
some species are fragrant, most notably Chinese Wisteria. The
seeds are produced in pods similar to those of Laburnum, and,
like the seeds of that genus, are poisonous. Wisteria is an extremely
hardy plant .Wisteria species are used as food plants by the larvae
of some Lepidoptera species including brown-tail. Wisteria, especially
Wisteria Sinensis, is very hardy and fast-growing.
It can grow in fairly poor-quality soils, but prefers fertile,
moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in full sun. Wisteria
can be propagated via hardwood cutting, softwood cuttings, or
seed. However, specimens grown from seed can take decades to
bloom; for this reason, gardeners usually grow plants that have
been started from rooted cuttings or grafted cultivars known
to flower well. Another reason for failure
to bloom can be excessive fertilizer (particularly nitrogen).
Wisteria has nitrogen fixing capability (provided by Rhizobia
bacteria in root nodules), and thus mature plants may benefit
from added potassium and phosphate, but not nitrogen.