Evergreen Wisteria

Sep 11, 2013

Never heard of evergreen wisteria? You're not alone! Many gardeners have never seen or grown this vine and I consider it a very underused ornamental. Millettia reticulata, while commonly referred to as evergreen wisteria, is not actually related to true Wisteria. This vine does have a similar appearance to true Wisteria, but instead produces gorgeous deep purple to magenta pea-like blooms at the tips of stems. The color is almost irridescent!


This is a photo of my evergreen wisteria in bloom. The vine grows to approximately 15’ tall and 3-6’ wide, with dark glossy green foliage. Plants are winter hardy in USDA zones 8-11, but you'll find in Zone 8 plants may only be partially evergreen over the winter or may even drop all their leaves in a colder than average season. If they do defoliate, new growth will re-emerge from the dormant vines the following spring.

Evergreen wisteria needs a sunny location in order to bloom well, but can take soem late-afternoon shade. Make sure to provide this vine with good support like a sturdy arbor or fence. Bonus: The blooms are fragrant!

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Oct 01, 2013
2:05 pm

Hi Leslie,
Who carried the evergreen wisteria locally? Trade you some blood red iris for a few cuttings. Have just dug up my parkway and potted everything. Lots of plants if you need anything.
Have a great week,

Leslie Halleck
Oct 09, 2013
8:32 am

Hi Susan! I picked up my evergreen wisteria at North Haven Gardens. But you’ll probably want to call ahead to see if they have in stock. Feel free to come by and get a cutting! Just snag me next time you catch me out there!

Nov 11, 2013
2:29 pm

I have grown evergreen wiseria for about 10 years on my lattice surrounding my back porch.  It is very invasive and has destroyed the lattice, BUT IT IS WORTH IT. .  I have tried and tried to propagate it and been unable to even with the seeds, but I bought another one this year at Lowes in Burleson, Texas.  The fragrance fills my whold back yard and the beauty of the blooms cannot be matched.  I also like the deep dark green of the leaves.  When I move and plant the new one, it will not be next to my house.  Maybe out by the fence and keep trimmed but one way or the other, I will grow another.

Feb 28, 2014
2:18 pm

Where can I find the red evergreen wisteria?

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