'Amethyst Falls' is a native flowering vine that suffers from the bad
reputation the oriental wisteria vines receive.Chinese and Japanese wisterias have earned the 'thug' rep
because they run rampant wherever they are growing happily.It is not uncommon to see these flowers
hanging from the top of a tall pine in their southern range.Not so our native 'Amethyst Falls'.
'Amethyst Falls' is much better behaved.It is easily trained to a trellis or tuteur.It blooms heavily in the early
spring.Deadhead it right after
blooming and it will blossom sporadically throughout the summer.
This coming week we celebrate Wildflowers.This is a perfect time to add Wisteria
'Amethyst Falls' to your garden.It will put out a few flowers for you next year.In 2-3 years, it will decorate itself
with droops of chubby blue/violet flowers.
This is a perfect hummingbird flower for your
early-bird garden arrivals.My first
arriving male ruby-throat hummingbird takes a quick drink from the hummingbird
feeder and then heads straight to the wisteria, bypassing red flowers on the
way.He steadily works at sipping
nectar from the blooms.This is a
perfect hummingbird plant addition for those of you who prefer more sedate colors
rather than jump-out-at-you reds.
I have read that birds do not have a well-developed
sense of smell (except for vultures) and this must be true of
hummingbirds.Either that or this
little hummer doesn't mind the smell 'Amethyst Falls' puts out day and
night.This is something I had not
known about this most beautiful flower.It has a very unpleasant perfume reminiscent of sweaty armpits.
I plan to move 'Amethyst Falls' away from my
screened porch come autumn.This
is one flower I definitely want to admire from a distance.There is no reason to keep this lovely
flower out of your garden.Just
don't plant it within sniffing distance of a seating area.
All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.
By Justin Hancock, Costa Farms Horticulturist,
Photographs courtesy of Costa Farms
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