Monday, April 21, 2008

The Wisteria That Ate Knoxville

Yesterday I showed you some very tiny flowers. Today I'm going to the opposite extreme with an enormous flowering vine. This is the largest tangle of Chinese wisteria that I have seen in town. This wisteria holds court in the not-too-photogenic edge of the parking lot of the Kroger grocery store in the Bearden neighborhood. Chinese wisteria is considered an invasive species in North America; it has no natural insect or fungal enemies here and spreads out of control, as you can see. But the purple blooms are very beautiful.

6 comments:

Sailor Girl said...

Indeed they are beautiful!!!I love flowers and your blog, which I only now met!!!
Thanks for your visit and nice comment!!!

Sailor Girl said...

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Ming the Merciless said...

Didn't realize there's such things as Chinese wisteria. But yeah, it looks like it has EATEN up the neighborhood. :-)

Chuck Pefley said...

Perhaps this wisteria could be encouraged to cover the dumpsters from view?

I do know how annoying any invasive plant species can be, though as I made the mistake of planting some ivy on a hillside ... now it's a constant battle to determine who is boss.

Jim said...

Thats a big one. The flowers are pretty, the ones in Terrell bloomed a few weeks ago.

Palm Axis said...

The largest wisteria vine in the world is in Sierra Madre CA.