Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Purple Wisteria 2013

Wisterias are such feminine flowers that shower down in sprays of blooms.
They are strong and are widespread where ever they grow enjoying the attention they get.

But behind their alluring exterior is a vine that tends to swallow whatever is in their way.
They climb and twist around all manner of trees and plants and often choke the host plant to their demise and even death.

Even houses or building structures suffer similar fates and I would not recommend planting against any structure or any valued tree.
So not quite the innocent look that it likes to show.

They are part of the pea family (think Sweet Pea).

They are native to Asia although they grow with ease in most places and do well in the Australian climate.
The vines are quite hardy with solid woody stems.

Their blooms don't last that long, a few weeks usually but they spread like a purple haze in teardrops with seeming eagerness. They start out purple with a tinge of fuchsia, then fade paler, shrivels and then drops into dried blue petals.

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