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World’s Largest Blossoming Plant

A wistaria vine in Sierra Madre, California has been named as the World's Largest Flowering Plant by the Guinness Book of World Records. This vine is so big it has its own festival! William and Alice Brugman planted it in 1894 to celebrate the purchase of their new home. The wistaria eventually destroyed the house! 116 years later, it is healthy and sprouts about a million and half blooms every year.

Link to story. Link to festival. - via greendiary

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by angel12.

When I volunteered at the zoo wisteria was the bane of my existence. For every piece trimmed, 10 more sprouted. So it seemed.
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I bought shoots and tended to them for years and finally got a nice flowering vine running up a tall sturdy tree, right before a property dispute put that tree into the neighbor's yard.
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Lea, I have a friend whose family planted a wisteria by their house fourteen years ago and it hasn't once ever blossomed or spread.

I've always been a fan of them myself... I don't think I'll ever have one, though, not being the sort interested in having a garden.
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Not that I'm complaining, but the mod-filter thing is pretty baffling. I don't know what about my previous comment could have tripped it.

Strange more than anything.
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There's an old trick to get wisteria to bloom at a certain time. You have to stress the vine. If you're going to host a wedding, you go out and sling chains against the vines a week before. Makes them bloom just in time!
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Not only is it beautiful, it's scent is wonderful! My son bought one for my husband and me for a anniversary present, and it's grown and bloomed every year, right outside our bedroom window. Delightful.
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