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A Vine that Just Won’t Quit

wisteria seed pods

English Ivy is a bad weed and Chinese Privet is difficult to control, but the most tenacious, invasive plant of them all is Wisteria. So robust is the growth of Wisteria vines, they grow up and across the road on power lines and tree limbs. Once its roots establish a spot in the ground, it is almost impossible to eliminate it. Spraying with herbicides is relatively ineffective. Thank goodness it doesn’t cover territory as vigorously as Kudzu! It can easily grow to a size that can collapse a sturdy trellis, and will grow trunks the size of trees. My typical advice to homeowners with a Wisteria problem is to move.

You can make a floral arrangement container out of anything you can imagine. Where I live, the Wisteria grows in every empty lot. They call the streets in my area “the flower streets”, and one of them is named Wisteria Way for good reason. I made the one pictured above from Wisteria pods.

On a winter walk, I heard popping sounds, and discovered the furry Wisteria seed pods were exploding overhead and dropping to the asphalt by the hundreds. It seemed like I was in the crossfire of tiny cannons. The seed pods are beautiful, furry, long, twisted fingers. The pods curl back as they release the shiny, black seeds. I returned the next day with a grocery bag and gathered up bunches of the felt-like spirals. Walking through this amazing tunnel of bursting seeds, I was inspired to make something useful from the pods. Look around to find items for your next floral arrangement.

Wisteria