North Carolina Wildflowers

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Fabaceae>Wisteria

American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)
Pender Co., NC 23 Apr 2006

This uncommon native vine, found in the NC coastal plain, is similar to the widespread exotic invasive Chinese Wisteria (often planted in formal gardens), but the inflorescence lacks the sweet aroma and is more compressed.

American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)
Pender Co., NC 23 Apr 2006


Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Durham Co., NC
11 Apr 2006

Often planted for its beautiful and fragrant flowers, which appears before the leaves, this gazebo in Duke Gardens is covered by Chinese Wisteria.

Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Durham Co., NC
3 Sep 2008

Leaves are pinnately compound with a terminal leaflet on this often high-climbing vine.

Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Durham Co., NC
3 Sep 2008

Chinese Wisteria leaves generally have 7-13 leaflets. Japanese Wisteria leaves have 13-19 leaflets and smaller individual flowers on longer racemes.

Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Durham Co., NC
3 Sep 2008

The seed pods (legumes) are velvety-fuzzy with fairly long (1.5-2cm) pedicels.

Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Durham Co., NC
3 Sep 2008


Annotated habitat and distribution information listed above is from Radford, Ahles, & Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. UNC Press; and from personal observations and discussions with Will Cook, Harry LeGrand, and Bob Wilbur. Common names from personal experience and supplemented by the following resources USDA plants website, Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, and NatureServe.


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