Do you know the name of this flowering vine?
Years ago, I was driving through an older neighborhood and saw this vine growing on a fence. It was sooo beautiful and in full bloom. I knocked on the homeowner's door and asked about the vine. She didn't know the name. She said a friend gave her some seeds a long time ago and she's always let it grow on that fence. I asked if she would share some seeds with me.
Months later, she called and had a large sack of seeds for me.
It is similar to a wisteria, but the leaves are very different. It is a legume. The large seed pods look almost like a large okra and have several beans inside.
All of these little green flower buds look like a stalk of bananas and will turn into the large pink flowers. Then, as the flowers drop off, a seed pod will start growing.
I love vines and really love this one. I've planted it in several places because I never want to lose it. It's very hardy and comes back year after year, no matter how bad the past summer or winter happened to be.
Can you help me identify this vine??