Wisteria frutescens - American Wisteria: On our urban farm we have a huge Wisteria that covers the arbor. Each spring it produces beautiful long purple blooms that are fragrant and attract honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies. As the blooms fade, leaves appear en masse. After a few months, the pods begin to grow. At the end of summer, the pods begin to twist and bend with such force that the small hard brown seeds are launched. We collect the pods before they have a chance to burst open in order to preserve the seeds.
The seeds are small; approx 1/2 inch across.
Plant the seeds in sun to partial shade. The blooms appear in spring and leaves from late spring to late fall. After all the leaves have dropped, trim the vine back for a good bloom on new growth the next year.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 9
******* Wisteria seeds and pods are not for human consumption **********