Amethyst Falls Wisteria is perfect for smaller spaces, this gorgeous twining vine grows at about a third of the rate of Asian wisteria. Blooms at an early age, with its lightly fragrant purple racemes weeping gracefully downward. Use in containers for porches or patios, train up an arbor or trellis, or as a small free-standing tree.
Twisting vines are perfect for nesting birds. Flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Prune in late winter or early spring to promote vigorous new growth and strong blooms. Vines need regular pruning to help control their size and direct their growth.
Wisteria in general have no known serious issues.
Most plants can be prone to common, ornamental (non-lethal) issues caused by various environmental conditions. Wisteria may be susceptible to wilt/stem rot (potentially fatal), powdery mildew, leaf spots, rust, and viruses. Potential insect pests include aphids, vine weevils, slugs, snails, scale, and earwigs. Watch for spider mites. Alleviate these common issues with over-the-counter insecticides or pesticides.
This cultivar is also known as American Wisteria, Kentucky Wisteria, or Texas Wisteria. It boasts smaller leaves and flowers than other varieties but is increasingly drought tolerant and deer resistant. Unlike most of the other wisteria, Amethyst Falls often blooms in its first year. It can be found naturally in thickets, swampy woods, and pond edges throughout the eastern US. The seed pods ripen in late summer and are toxic to people.
The name Wisteria honors Caspar Wistar, professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania. The name frutescens means shrubby or woody.
Rose, Daylily, Salvia, Shasta Daisy, Phlox
All these plants are summer bloomers to offset the spring blooming wisteria, except the roses. Roses make a nice color contrast and keep the roots in the shade as do all the perennials. All the plants listed attract pollinators.