Some people have full-sized plants in their garden – maybe a rose garden here for a splash of color, or a Douglas fir there for a bit of height. However, this particular house listed in Sierra Madre, California, for $2.3 million is also home to a remarkable, record-breaking vine that puts other plants to shame.
In the backyard of this four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is the “famous Wistaria vine”, which was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the world’s largest flowering plant” in 1995, according to a press release.
According to ColoradoBoulevard.net, the origin of the flowering plant’s arrival in Southern California is colored which happened before Sierra Madre became a city.
In 1894, “the new owners of the house on the corner of Carter Avenue rode their horse and buggy to the local nursery to buy a wisteria ‘Chinese Lavender’ in a gallon container for 75 cents,” says ColoradoBoulevard .net. “The vine was planted near the porch of the house and it grew vigorously. Little attention was paid to the factory until 1913, when new owners acquired the property.
The new owners opened the place up to the public so others could feast on the vine, which grew so large that it ended up destroying the original house – a ‘tea house and gathering center’ social for artists around the world,” the list says — in the 1920s, ColoradoBoulevard.net reported. A new house was built in its place.
The factory is still very much alive today and in perfect condition.
“The owners maintain it and keep it pruned,” listing agent Gretchen Seager told Realtor.com.
Of course, the 4,159 square foot home has other charming features according to the listing, including:
Open concept floor plan
Swimming pool and spa
Sierra Madre is about 17 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
The listing is owned by Gretchen B. Seager of Sotheby’s International Realty.