Sinewy vines of draping purple clusters wield
No fruit for the winemaker’s casks to yield,
But nary a purer, vintage draught from the cellar of a king
Has quenched the thirsty soul as this harbinger of Spring!
(R Weisser 2014)
Wisteria is a delightful plant that grows like crazy and produces magnificent blooms in the Spring.
But its vigorous nature is both a blessing and a curse. The plant can become invasive and can kill trees and pry houses apart with its amazingly strong tendrils.
Homeowners are advised to use caution and careful planning when introducing wisteria into the garden.
It should be kept at a safe distance from any structure not intended to support it!
And don’t be afraid to use the pruning shears! Controlled growth is essential to enjoying the plant without any ill side-effects.
This plant is not for the feint of heart!
But the annual show makes it worth all of the trouble.