Amethyst Falls Wisteria

August 2021
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
courtesy of Nadi Lindsay

(Wisteria frutescens) This fast-blooming, lightly fragrant and non-invasive plant is the perfect addition to any garden

- Amethyst Falls wisteria can grow more than 10 feet in a single year!

- Amethyst Falls can be seen at both the Fran Hanson Discovery Center in the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, as well as the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C. 

- This type of Wisteria is said to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and is noted as deer-resistant. 

- Some consider this type of wisteria a “dwarf wisteria,” since it has smaller leaves and flowers. 

- This type of wisteria is notably less aggressive than other forms, so you can plant it without worrying about the plant taking over your garden. 

- Bill Head at the Head-Lee Nursery in Seneca, S.C., discovered this variety of wisteria.

- The Amethyst Falls wisteria has flowers that have been shown to be frost-resistant within South Carolina

- While some other types of wisteria may take up to five years to bloom, the Amethyst Falls variety typically blooms within the first year!