Maryland Native Plants that climb: Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’

Jan 18, 2024 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Native climbing vines

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ – Wisteria

Wisteria info card

Wisteria frutescens grows best in full to part sun but will tolerate shade. If grown in shade there will be no blooms. This plant prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It can tolerate sandy and clay soils. Pea-like flowers are usually lilac-purple and grow in dense clusters that resemble a pine cone May-June.  Blooms form on new growth so pruning is recommended. Seed pods are elongated, smooth, and flattened. This fast growing plant can reach lengths of 20 to 30 feet. American wisteria is a host plant to many species of lepidoptera larvae and the flowers attract a variety of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Flower clusters are more compact compared to non-native wisterias. Vines will twine in a counterclock-wise fashion.

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Common Name: American wisteria
Type: Vine
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 25.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 10.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Lavender-purple
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Tolerate: Deer
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
Wisteria frutescens flowers

Wisteria frutescens flowers

Wisteria frutescens foliage and flowers

Wisteria frutescens foliage and flowers

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