This Month's Featured Plant
Dutchmans Pipe, Pipevine
July gets hot and humid here in east Tennessee. We still get plenty of rain but the days become sultry and a cool reprieve is welcome. So imagine sitting on your comfortable, shady porch with July’s featured plant, dutchman’s pipevine, winding over the railing and snaking through the lattice work. In its native habitat, it would have climbed up high in deciduous trees in rich woods, and flowering would be close to over. It has big heart-shaped leaves and small green/brown/yellow flowers shaped like old fashioned smoking pipes. This is also just about time for the pipevine swallowtail caterpillars to chow down on its leaves – a necessary step before becoming a beautiful butterfly.
As companions for dutchman's pipeline, 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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