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Wisteria, spring would be colorless without it

Plant of the month April: Wisteria

We like green here at St1le, hence a topic on plants would fit right into the mix. In this topic we will concentrate on the marvelous Wisteria. Early in spring when everybody with a garden is starting to prepare (some people  anxiously and some people straight out furiously)  for a couple of months of  high quality gardening the plant that is already rewarding their efforts to come is the Wisteria. The Wisteria is already looking like you spend hours of hard labor in the garden while you at most spend 2o minutes gulping your coffee in front of the kitchen window thinking about what to do with the garden this year. [Of course this depends on how far north or south you are living.]

The Wisteria can climb up to 20 meters  above the ground and spread out 10 meters wide. And all that will be full with blue/violet flowers in the early spring.

Clockwise or counterclockwise?

There is this myth that the Wisteria  should grow clockwise in order to get flowers but that’s not really the case. The thruth is that it depends on the type. The Chinese Wisteria [Wisteria Sinensis] grows automatically counter-clockwise while the Japanese variant [Wisteria floribunda] grows clockwise.

This stunning picture of giant Wisteria vines was taken in Ashikaga Flower Park in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan.

It might take some years before you can ever achieve such a marvelous plant growing against your house, but the Wisteria it self will only get bigger for over 100 years.

The first 2 years the Wisteria will grow slowly and may even skip a whole year of blossoming. But once it’s settled, it set of like a rock.

Even in the dense downtown  urban area’s the Wisteria will grow well, as long as it has sunlight and space.


One comment on “Wisteria, spring would be colorless without it

  1. Malou
    April 14, 2012

    I love the smell of Wisteria that greets me when I arrive home in late spring. 😉

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