Wisteria 'Cooke's Special Purple'

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Deciduous vine
Fabaceae (The Pea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Hybrid origin
California Native?:
Plant Size:
20 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
walls and fences
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Full sun
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This cultivar has been listed under both W. sinensis and as a hybrid with simply the cultivar name; its actual ancestry is uncertain. The plants are stocky and vigorous, with the broad leaflets of W. sinensis. It flowers early, along with W. sinensis 'Caroline', and has extraordinary masses of 10 inch flower clusters. The flowers are strongly bicolored, having dark purple wings (the lower petals) and a lighter banner. The fragrance is also outstanding. Selected at L. E. Cooke Nurseries in Visalia, California. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, moderate watering during active growth. Wisterias can tolerate a surprising degree of summer drought. Hardy to 0 degrees F or below.