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Millettia is endemic to Africa, Madagascar, eastern Asia, and India, where species occur in deciduous and evergreen woodlands. There are around 120 known species.

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Evergreen Wisteria   (Millettia reticulata)

Millettia includes species of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, tree, and climbers that work beautifully as specimen plants. Train climbers over fences, arches, trellises, or pergolas! Plants require full sun and fertile soil to reach their maximum potential.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Vine
Light: Full Sun
Height: 15 feet
Width: 3 feet to 6 feet
Zones: 7a to 10b
Bloom Color: Blue, Purple, Red
Bloom Seasons: Late summer, Early fall
Special Features: Not North American native
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

When ripe, sow seeds at 43-54F (6-12F). Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer using bottom heat. Semi-ripe cuttings are cuttings taken from semi-mature wood.

Plant Growth:

Deciduous and evergreen shrubs, trees, and climbers with woody stems. Grows best with full sun exposure with some midday shade. In areas where Millettia is not growing hardy, raise plants in a cool greenhouse with a minimum temperature of 35F (2C). During the day, set temperatures between 41-50F (5-10C), and at night, keep the temperature at 36F (2C). Temperate greenhouses are also fine for growing Millettia. Temperate greenhouses have daytime temperatures set between 50-55F (10-13C), and a nighttime temperature of 45F (7C). Where hardy, Millettia works well as a specimen plant. Climbers are good for a fence, arch, trellis, or pergola.


Blooms pea-like flowers on terminal or lateral racemes or panicles.

Soil and Irrigation:

Grows best in moderately fertile soil with good drainage. Soil-based potting mixes work fine for indoor plants. Water liberally during the growing season, less in winter.


Needs moderately fertile soil to grow well. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season.


Requires some upkeep. Remove crossing or wayward shoots in late winter or early spring to maintain a healthy framework. Also, trim shoots that are ruining symmetry.


Vulnerable to spider mites, aphids, and whiteflies, especially indoors.