Jan. 17, 2021

Chinese wisteria, Wisteria chinensis

Is Chinese wisteria the 'quintessential' garden plant as Wiki says? Mine seems to think so. It keeps sending out runners, trying to take over the whole space. One particularly creepy one in California covers an acre, and is recognized as the worlds largest flowering plant. I imagine that's only among the petaliferous, since Pando, a quaking aspen, is larger but without petals. While I keep amputating the creeps, I would never consider getting rid of the plant. Too beautiful, and the fragrance of the flowers rivals any you can find. Although maybe I should think twice?
The champion wistaria (that's how they spell it in Sierra Madre) is said to have destroyed the house it was planted by! Chinese wisteria has now crept into the wild in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NY, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WV. Cultivated, Lenawee Co MI, 4/29/12. Bean family, Fabaceae.