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Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon'

American Wisteria /

This vigorous grower is far less rampant than non-native Wisteria but just as showy. In late May, long racemes of lavender-blue flowers appear and repeat during the summer months. Flowers are showy, fragrant and attract butterflies while providing great nesting and cover for native birds.


  • Perfect for heavy Trellises or arbors
  • Attractive foliage, thrives in moist areas
  • Thrives in full shade but will only flower in sun
  • Grape-like flowers attract native insects
  • Easy to grow, less aggressive than other Wisteria
  • Host plant for Marine Blue, Zarucco Duskywing and skippers

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in slightly acidic, humusy, moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Full sun is needed for best flowering

15-25 ft


15-25 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 3

Native Range

Humus-rich areas from Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Iowa and Texas.

Native Trivia

Butterflies are active during the day.  They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night.

"While you'll love the show from its masses of flowers, I love their endless nectar supply!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Vines
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Humus-rich
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Climbing, trailing
  • Fragrant
  • Hedge, screen
  • Naturalizes
  • Rock garden
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia