General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Vine
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 15 - 20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: Violet to Lavender
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Toxicity: Other: Pods and seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • American Wisteria
  • Wisteria

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Location: Silver Spring, MD
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-26
Wisteria 009

Date: 2017-04-22
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2022-04-26
Wisteria Bloom Beginning To Open 009
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Flower beginning to open.
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-05-16

Date: Late Spring 2011
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly enjoying a bloom

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials

Date: April 17, 2011
Close up of bloom
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Date: Late April 2021 
Not as pretty as Japanese or Chinese wisteria
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-04-21
Wisteria 017

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials

Date: April 11, 2011
Location: Maryland
Date: 2016-05-01
Bud, getting ready to bloom

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2023-07-20
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-03-17
vine base in winter
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-03-17
looking up the woody vine in winter
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2014-06-22
looking up vine
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-05-22
Location: Virginia
Date: 2016-05-01

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Media, Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-05-18
plant for sale in container

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.

Date: April 9, 2011

Date: April 11, 2011

Date: March 29, 2011

Date: April 11, 2011
Location: Maryland
Date: August 19, 2014

Photo courtesy of Brushwood Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2014-06-22
vining up pole
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2016-06-01
Location: Virginia
Date: 2016-05-01
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-25
vine on fence
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-25
flowers and foliage
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Comments:
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 27, 2014 6:16 PM concerning plant:
    American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) 'Amethyst Falls' produces deep lavender blossoms in late spring to early summer, with a rebloom in late summer. A native to eastern North America, 'Amethyst Falls' is a profuse bloomer and grows to about 8-10 feet long. It grows more slowly than its Asian counterparts, and does not damage buildings. Wisteria frutescens is a larval host plant for the Marine Blue Butterfly and several Skipper Butterfly species, including, Silver-spotted, Horace's Duskywing, Zarucco Duskywing, and the Long-tailed Skipper. Its blossoms have a sweet, musky fragrance.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 11, 2011 3:57 PM concerning plant:
    American Wisteria is a woody, deciduous perennial vine that is not invasive like the Asian Wisteria. The blooms of cultivar 'Amethyst Falls' are said to be fragrant, but I find the scent rather unappealing. Here in my area the bloom time is extremely short, but I still enjoy the beauty of the flowers each spring.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 4, 2018 6:16 PM concerning plant:
    'Amethyst Falls' is the most common cultivar sold in southeast PA of the American Wisteria, Wisteria frutescens. Like the straight species, this cultivar produces the flowers after the foliage emerges, does most of its blooming in late May-June, and does some additional blooming in July & August on the current year's growth.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 3:38 PM concerning plant:
    'Amethyst Falls' is an "improved" selection of the native American Wisteria. It has longer and deeper purple flower clusters and it also flowers as a younger plant. It is equally as fragrant and as obedient as the other American Wisterias.
Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On June 24, 2015 Bloomed
Rebloom
Catmint20906 On May 16, 2015 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On August 19, 2014 Bloomed
Rebloom
dragonfetti On April 20, 2015 Obtained plant
Purchased another to replace the Chinese wisteria. This one in a five gallon pot and planted in fron of 'Old Man Gulch'.
dragonfetti On March 25, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Starting to bud out
dragonfetti On January 9, 2015 Entered Dormancy
dragonfetti On March 1, 2014 Obtained plant
From Lowe's; wanted an American Wisteria.
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