Wisteria frutescens (L.) Poir.

Fully-hardy tall climber with leaves composed of up to 17 leaflets, and racemes, to 15cm long, of fragrant, pale lilac-purple flowers with a yellow spot, in summer.  [RHSD, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A very ornamental shrub, tolerably hardy, but does not flower very readily except in favourable situations.  There used to be a very fine plant trained up against the house at Messrs. Loddiges and Sons at Hackney, which, in some years, bore a profusion of flowers.  Our drawing was taken from a specimen communicated in June last by Thomas Wildman, Esq. late of Layton.  Grows naturally in the swamps of Virginia, Carolina, and the Illinois.  Introduced in 1724 by Mr. Mark Catesby.’  [BM t.2103/1819].  The variety magnifica, with paler flowers, was figured in Flore des Serres.  [FS f.1151/1856].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1843, 1845 and 1850 catalogues.  Plants were presented to the Sydney Botanic Garden on October 24th 1846.


Published Dec 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:38 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and upright raceme of lilac and purple flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2103, 1819.

Wisteria frutescens (L.) Poir. | BM t.2103/1819 | BHL

More details about Wisteria frutescens (L.) Poir.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South east USA

  • Glycine frutescens L.
  • Wisteria speciosa Nutt. 
Common Name

Carolina kidney bean, American wisteria

Name in the Camden Park Record

Glycine frutescens - Carolina Kidney-bean

Confidence level high