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A Vine that Just Won’t Quit

wisteria seed podsEnglish Ivy is bad and Chinese Privet is difficult, but the most tenacious invasive plant of them all is Wisteria. 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 advice to homeowners with a Wisteria problem is to move.

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. The long, lavender blooms are stunning each spring! So robust is the growth of the vines, they grow up and across the road on power lines and tree limbs.

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 came back the next day with a grocery bag and gathered up bunches of the felt-like spirals. The vase is my attempt to make something useful to remind me of the experience—walking through an amazing tunnel of bursting seeds.

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