Wisteria Vines For Butterflies

Blooming Wisteria
Blooming Wisteria

Popular with butterflies, Wisteria has large compound leaves and pea-like flowers in handsome pendent clusters. Wisteria, a hearty and long-lived deciduous line, can grow to 100 feet and has fragrant flower clusters in late spring, early summer.  Long velvety seed pods develop in autumn.

There are two groups: one, the Chinese, twines from left to right; the other, Japanese, from right to left.

Botanical Name

  • Wisteria


  • Zones 5 to 9
Wisteria Flower
Wisteria Flower

Bloom Time

  • Late spring


  • Can reach 30 feet tall or more, and 10 to 30 feet wide or more.


  • Dangling clusters of lavender, white or pink pea-like blooms.

Light Needs

  • Full sun to partial shade.

Wisteria Growing Tips

  • Wisterias are climbers with twining stems that have been known to break flimsy structures; requiring sturdy permanent support.
  • Be patient with young plants; it can be many years (up to 10) before they bloom
  • To promote good flower clusters on the spine, cut back the fast-growing shoots in summer
  • Wisteria are rapidly growing vines and have been known to kill trees, therefore, they should be planted well away from any trees you value.
  • Wisteria should be pruned back to two or three principle vines to provide optimal bloom production.
  • If planted and permitted to grow on your home, do not let wisterias scramble at will over your house – it will not be good for your gutters or shingles

When Should Wisteria Be Pruned

  • Wisteria vines must be be pruned annually, often two or three times a year if growth is especially rampant.

Wisteria Are Poisonous

  • All parts of the Wisteria plant are poisonous , if ingested


One thought on “Wisteria Vines For Butterflies

  1. Thank you for this post! Just today I was in my yard admiring my wisteria growth and I noticed some of the shoots have grabbed onto my tree, I thought to cut it back but then thought maybe it would be a good thing, now I know I need to cut it back! Eeeek!

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