Wisteria – Popping and Scattering Seed

Q: My office parking lot is near a wooded area. One afternoon as I was leaving I hear a short “pop” and then the sound of things dropping through the tree leaves nearby. It turned out to be wisteria seed pods opening and scattering seeds!

A: You’re very observant…not many folks notice this phenomenon.

The seedpod dries in the afternoon sunlight and suddenly twists outward, scattering the seed far and wide.

And your garden word for the day is autochore. An autochore is a plant which disperses its seeds without aid of an external agent.

Here’s a good description:

Exploding Wisteria Pods

wisteria seed 2

wisteria pod

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