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Amethyst Falls Wisteria Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'

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wis-TEER-ee-uh froo-TESS-enz
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Looking for a vine to liven up your garden? ‘Amethyst Falls’ wisteria may be just what you are looking for. A superior selection of our little-known native wisteria, this deciduous vine is something special.

Unlike the more common Asian wisteria, you will be pleasantly surprised by the less aggressive nature of this American vine. Considered by some to be a dwarf wisteria, ‘Amethyst Falls’ has smaller leaves and smaller flowers than its exotic Asian relatives. Don’t be fooled, however; once this plant is established, it can climb 15 to 20 feet in a season.

Flowers are lightly fragrant, lavender-purple, and borne in cascading 4- to 6-inch racemes in May. Due to the fact that our native wisterias bloom on new growth, vines can be moderately pruned back each winter. This characteristic helps gardeners train ‘Amethyst Falls’ onto arbors or to most any trellis form.

Best of all, this wisteria is both deer resistant and drought tolerant. ‘Amethyst Falls’ wisteria is an introduction from Head Ornamentals, Inc.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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‘Amethyst Falls’
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#fragrant flowers#container plant#show stopper#dwarf#cottage garden#rustic#trellis#espalier#cpp#deer resistant#arbors#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Amethyst Falls’
‘Amethyst Falls’
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#fragrant flowers#container plant#show stopper#dwarf#cottage garden#rustic#trellis#espalier#cpp#deer resistant#arbors#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Wisteria
    Species:
    frutescens
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Legume
    Fruit Description:
    Flattened, brown, velvety, bean-like pod
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Irregular
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are lightly fragrant, lavender-purple, and borne in cascading 4 to 6-inch racemes in May re-blooming lightly in the summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting (sometimes with blood), diarrhea, depression
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Lectin, wisterin glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No