Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1674

Woody vine
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Look for it in swamp forests, wet thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 9-13(15) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue-violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Wisteria frutescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Wisteria frutescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-31-001:
Wisteria frutescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Kraunhia frutescens

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Kraunhia macrostachya

 

COMMON NAME:
American Wisteria, Swamp Wisteria, Atlantic Wisteria


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_krfr_001_lvd

        

image of Wisteria frutescens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_krma_001_lvd

        

image of Wisteria frutescens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_wifr_003_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_w_frutescens_american

April        

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Jan Haldeman    jhh1674_42

April-May?        

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Jan Haldeman    jhh_wisteriaclose_3

May    Abbeville County    SC

Erskine College

Blossoms are more dense, not as long and loose as the exotic Wisteria, per Pause for Plants by Jan Haldeman.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of Wisteria species

image of Wisteria frutescens

Jan Haldeman    jhh_wisteriafrut_08

May    Abbeville County    SC

Erskine College

image of Wisteria frutescens

JK Marlow    jkm0505t_25

May    Williamsburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160513_026

May    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Flowers borne in a compact raceme, 3-6" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Wisteria frutescens

JK Marlow    jkm160513_028

May    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

image of Wisteria frutescens

JK Marlow    jkm160516_698

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Wisteria frutescens

JK Marlow    jkm160717_332

July    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

image of Wisteria frutescens

JK Marlow    jkm160717_333

July    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

image of Wisteria frutescens

JK Marlow    s040720_d

July    Abbeville County    SC

The 9-15 leaflets are oval, about 2" long, and taper to a point, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Peppervine, Trumpet-creeper and Wisteria