Answer to the Front Page Do You Know What Plant This Is?
for May 21 - 28, 2010
This is American wisteria ĎAmethyst Fallsí (Wisteria frutescens ĎAmethyst Fallsí).
American wisteria is a twining vine is a native to the mid-Atlantic region that will climb structures like trellises, arbors, fences, and small columns. The lavender-blue flowers are fragrant and attractive to pollinators; they first appear in April-May, and then again more sporadically in mid-to-late summer. It has deer and drought tolerance, as well as disease resistant foliage. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9 and is an excellent alternative to the invasive Asian wisteria species. You can see the vine growing on the fence flanking our New York Avenue gate, as well as inside the Bonsai Museum.