This Month's Featured Plant
Dutchmans Pipe, Pipevine
September is usually warm and pretty dry here in east Tennessee. Rain is always welcome as we look forward to some cooler weather. In the mean time, we really appreciate the cool shade that is created by mature dutchman's pipevines, our September featured plant. In its native habitat, it would have climbed up high in deciduous trees in rich woods. Flowering is over now. On your trellis, it would have 6" heart shaped leaves that make a nice cool shade. Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars may have visited and dined on the leaves – a necessary step before becoming a beautiful butterfly.
As companions for dutchman's pipevine, we have chosen other plants that are obligate hosts for beautiful butterflies: pawpaw for the white zebra swallowtail, spicebush for the spicebush swallowtail, and passion flower for the gulf fritillary and zebra longwing. These butterflies must have access to these plants to complete their life cycles. more info
Good Companions for Dutchman's Pipevine
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