Magic Of Orient – Wisteria

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It is one of the most popular and most beautiful plants in the world, demands bit more attention to root and develop in all its beauty. This magnificent liana, also known as blue rain, is strong long-lasting plant, which, if properly taken care of, can cover pergola or a fence in couple of years.

It almost never gets diseases, and it can even live and grow in a pot if it is deep enough. It prefers fertile terrain with good drainage, and it is crucial that in first couple of years the plant gets fertilized.

Plant feels good when exposed to direct sunlight, even during hot summer months, but at the same time winter cold does not harm it. Grown plant, if bred in garden, also does not have problems with longer periods of drought, meaning that caring for it becomes easier and easier with time and eventually gets reduced only to cropping.

It is very robust climbing plant so it can form smaller tree with dense crown, or it can just be left to grow as any liana. It can grow in height up to 20 meters.

There are more varieties of this liana and the difference is usually color of the flowers (blue, pink and white), which are collected in clusters making them look a lot like acacia. Wisteria blooms during May and June, and flower clusters start to appear almost immediately. Strong scented flowers attract bees and other insects. Petals of some varieties are edible but some can cause serious health problems.


It comes from China, Japan, Korea and America, where due to its beautiful spring bloom is one of most favorite plants for decorating gardens and terraces.

Wisteria sinensis is the most common variety and its main characteristic are its light purple fragrant flowers grouped in compact clusters that grow up to 30 cm.

Another famous variety is wisteria floribunda that comes from Japan, and its flowers may be, beside classical purple, white, pink and violet. Today there are many varieties created by crossbreeding in wide specter of shades, and with different shapes of clusters.

Untamable beauty

Branches and root of this strong plant are capable to deform walking paths and terrain, even to destroy roofs on which they grow. It needs strong support like pergola or fence so you can direct young off-shots, shaping the plant the way you want.

It can be grown in a pot

However the plant will grow in smaller dimension. The important thing is to use bigger pot, approximately 40 cm wide and 60 cm deep, or more. You can plant it in regular substratum but be sure to additionally add organic fertilizer. Because soil in the pot dries faster than the one outside, watering the plant should be done more often. If it is grown on the terrace its branches could be directed vertically creating flower parasol.