May 23, 2017
the bees have found the wisteria
The honey bees, and I’m talking big fat ones, are all over the wisteria flowers. Last year, a few visited, but this spring it seems like an entire hive has found the the purple clusters on Sampsonia Way.
Wisteria is deciduous vine that belongs to the pea family.
Lounging languorously over a fence or pergola – the charms of wisteria are almost impossible to resist. Marco Polo was an early conquest. He brought seeds back from China.
The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, covering more than 1 acre and weighing close to 500,000 pounds. It was planted in 1894 and it’s a Chinese lavender variety.
In modern times, botanists are making new plants from layering or grafting; these methods have produced plants that bloom quickly and abundantly.
Chinese and American wisteria twine in a clockwise direction; Japanese wisteria twines in a counter-clockwise direction.
Bees and hummingbirds are the main pollinators of wisteria.