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Tuesday - October 12, 2010

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Need an ID on a wisteria in Austin
Answered by: Marilyn Kircus

QUESTION:

I bought a different type wisteria several years ago, before I started trying to grow native plants. It is the same type wisteria as the one planted at Threadgills on Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX. I need to know if this is the native Wisteria, before I transplant it. Do you know if Threadgills has the native Wisteria? I am having a hard time figuring this out.

ANSWER:

We love identifying native plants for folks! Do you have a picture of a plant found growing in the wild somewhere in North America and you would like to know its name? Send us an email following the instructions below. Please do not send pictures of house plants, office plants, garden plants, plants seen on your vacation to Costa Rica or other clearly non-native species. For identification of non-native plants you might consider visiting the UBC Botanical Gardens Forums website.

  1. Tell us where and when you found the plant and describe the site where it occurred.
  2. If possible, take several high-resolution images including details of leaves, stems, flowers, fruit, and the overall plant.
  3. Save images in JPEG format. Do not reduce the resolution of your images. High-resolution images are much easier for us to work with.
  4. Send email with images attached to id@smartyplants.org. Please enter Plant ID Request on the subject line of your email.

Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria) is our native wisteria.  Here are the pictures we have in our picture gallery of it.

 

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