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Pop culture references aside, the wisteria plant is a big deal in Sierra Madre, says the Pasadena Star News: "In 1894, the owner of the house at Hermosa Avenue and Carter Street bought a 75-cent wistaria plant that provided quite a return on the initial invest ment. The plant blossomed into a city institution that raised money for World War I, the city’s volunteer fire department and the mortgage of the first Women’s Club building, according to local historian Phyllis Chapman." The home will be open for tours this Sunday during the annual Wistaria Festival (yes, the city uses a variant on the spelling).