Mile-A-Minute Vine - Common
Favaceae (Pea) Family
Plant is a climbing woody perennial vine. Preferred habitat
is swamp bottoms, roadsides, edge of woods, stream banks and
particularly in the domestic landscape. Distribution is widely
scattered throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate; pinnately compound to two or more
identical leaflets being ovate to oblong; no teeth or lobes.
Flowers are in a terminal raceme; five petals; violet to
white; ten stamens presented in two series, one a cluster of
nine and the other having only one. Flowering season is in the
Fruit is a legume.
American Wisteria, W. frutescens, is similar to
the Chinese Wisteria except the native does not form infestations
and climb into and through shrubs and trees. The stems are slender,
silky-shaggy hairy or short hairy. The leaves are oblong to ovate-lanceolate
with pointed or blunt tips. The flowers appear in compact racemes
after the leaves have emerged. The corolla is purplish blue to
To distinguish the domestic versus the Chinese strain is
difficult at first glance, but take a quick look at the size
and shape of the flower raceme, and note how tight the individual
florets are placed in the cluster. The Chinese variety is loosely
placed whereas the American is almost as broad as long and paler
in color. Also, the American variety sprawls on the ground in