Species: Wisteria sp, likely Wisteria sinensis based on counter-clockwise vine growth
History: Chinese Wisteria is native to China and was first introduced to Europe by the East India Company in 1816. It has since become an extremely popular ornamental plant in temperate parts of the world, although it has become invasive in some parts of the United States. Chinese Wisteria holds the record for the largest blossoming plant in the world thanks to a one-acre plant located in California.
Why We Grow It: Chinese Wisteria is a beautiful eye-catching perennial vine. Its soft purple flowers sprouting from twining vines are a sight to behold when trained up a trellis. As an added benefit, this vigorous vine also fixes nitrogen. It should be noted that the seeds and pods of wisteria plants are toxic. The flowers can be eaten fresh or cooked, although some have reported experiencing stomach pains afterwards so we strongly recommend doing your own research before consuming them.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Soil Preference: Prefers rich loam but adaptable to different soils
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vine reaches 20-30m long, vigorous growth requires pruning, should be grown along a support such as a trellis or wall. Generally disease resistant.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Flowering Time: May to June
Bloom Colour: Pale purple
Storage: Fresh flowers should be used relatively quickly
Recommended Use: Ornamental, fixing nitrogen, flowers can be eaten raw or cooked