Friday, August 23, 2013

W is for Wisteria

W is for Wisteria
Aren't wisteria blossoms a lovely color? The blossoms also remind me of sweet pea blossoms, as well they should since they are in the same family.

Our wisteria usually blooms in March or April, and I look forward to seeing them each year. Wisteria is very hardy and fast-growing. It can grow in fairly poor-quality soils, but prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. It thrives in full sun.

Wisteria can grow into a mound when unsupported, but is at its best when allowed to clamber up a tree, pergola, wall, or other supporting structure. Whatever the case, the support must be very sturdy, because mature Wisteria can become immensely strong with heavy wrist-thick trunks and stems. These will certainly rend latticework, crush thin wooden posts, and can even strangle large trees. Wisteria allowed to grow on houses can cause damage to gutters, downspouts, and similar structures. (Wikipedia)

The Old Farmer's Almanac provides some information about wisteria. And here is a fact sheet from the Ohio State University.

Can you think of any other flowers or plants which begin with "W"? How about "X"?!
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