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Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The wild native wisteria is a climbing vine with chains of richly colored, sweetly fragrant flowers, although not as dramatic or as rampant as its Asian cousins. This member of the Pea family is native to wet forests and stream banks of the southeastern United States.*
*It is adventive (non-native, escaped from cultivation) in DE’s Coastal Plain and endangered in PA where it is clustered mostly in the southwestern corner. In VA, it is rare as a native in the southern and central Coastal Plain and rare as an escape throughout. It is found in Fairfax County but that is probably an escape of the Midwest variant, “macrostachya.”
American wisteria twines in the opposite direction of invasive Japanese wisteria, but do you know whether it twines clockwise or counterclockwise?