Wisteria Floribunda, the Violaceous Wayfaring Wanderer
Wisteria, the Wonderful
Wisteria is one of the most fragrant and beautiful flowering vines I can think of. It is truly a glorious time in Texas in March when these gorgeous violet flowers blossom and their sweet scent fills the air.
The amazing color of this fabulous flower inspired me to write about it and share some tips on planting, growing, and pruning wisteria vines, as well as some of the symbolism surrounding this breathtaking bloom.
This photo is one I took last spring, using my iPhone camera to capture this Luscious Lavender Lady in all her glory as she languished lasciviously in the late afternoon sun.
The Symbolism of Wisteria
Wisteria floribunda is a well-known symbol of the beginning of spring. It is said that Wisteria induces playfulness and extends a warm welcome to visitors by greeting them with her soft perfume long before they even set eyes on her lovely bounty of cascading blooms. Her soft tendrils entwine playfully around each other, waiting for a breeze to carry her fragrance to the welcoming nose of anyone nearby.
In some cultures, the Wisteria represents a sorrowful maiden, mourning lost loves...but in the same vein represents endurance and strength to grow - and flourish - through the harshest conditions. Wisteria is an amazingly durable and voracious vine which can withstand drought, neglect, and frost, and comes back stronger and more resolute every year.
This symbolism is not lost on me, as I have known many friends become pillars of strength after weathering and persevering through a series of storms; and have personally experienced an incredible burst of growth after many a harsh season.
This beautiful plant hides her past pains elegantly, showing not a hint of trouble to anyone who gazes upon her soft violet face in the spring. Yet her secret story is not one of shame, it is one of pride. It is simply a story of life and surviving gracefully.
Wisteria Seed Pods
Wisteria Seeds on Amazon
How to Germinate Wisteria Seeds
Wisteria, the Wayfaring Wanderer
I lovingly refer to Wisteria as the 'wayfaring wanderer' because of its tendency to go where it pleases and explore every corner of available space, like a true vine should. If left unchecked, this incredible vine can cover a large wall at an alarming rate; they tend to grow about 10 feet a year and can reach up to 50 feet tall in twenty years!
Experts recommend pruning the wisteria vine twice a year; once in the summer after the spring bloom, and once in the winter before the next one. The following videos provide tips for properly pruning wisteria to keep it under control and make the most of its wonderful blooming season.
Wisteria Greeting Card (customizable text inside)
Wisteria Pruning Tips (Summer)
Excellent tips for summer pruning to get the best show of flowers the following spring!
Wisteria Pruning Tips (Winter)
Wisteria as a Tree (or Bonsai Tree!)
I just discovered the most wonderful thing! Apparently wisteria is commonly grown as a bonsai tree. This is perfect for anyone with little or no garden space, and I am in love with this idea!
Wisteria vines can also be trained to grow as a normal sized tree, by twisting two or more young seedlings together and staking them for several years, until the 'trunk' grows strong enough to support itself. This is excellent for those without a structure to train the vine on, or those of us not wanting to grow wisteria up the side of the house!
(See video below)
How to Grow Wisteria as a Tree
Random Fact: Some Other Words used to Describe Shades of Purple
Amethyst, Aubergine, Eggplant, Grape, Hyacinth, Heliotrope, Lavender, Lilac, Mauve, Mulberry, Orchid, Plum, Puce, Purpure, Royal, Thistle, Violaceous, Violet, Wine, Wisteria
How to Care for and Train Wisteria
Wisteria: A Comprehensive Guide
Wisteria Gardening Resources - Tips on Growing and Caring for Wisteria
- How to Plant Wisteria Seeds and Transplant Seedlings by GardenGuides.com
Step-by-step instructions for how to germinate and plant wisteria seeds and how to transplant them to the garden as seedlings.
- How to Grow Wisteria from a Cutting by GardenGuides.com
Step-by-step instructions on how to take a cutting of wisteria and cultivate it into a new plant.
- Wisteria Bonsai Care Guide from BonsaiGardener.org
How to care for a wisteria bonsai tree.
- Caring for Wisteria by BlueWisteria.co.uk
General and seasonal care guide for growing wisteria, including great tips for pruning.
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked my collection of photos and videos with excellent tips for cultivating and caring for a wonderful wisteria vine. I'd love to hear from you!