Aristolochia serpentaria

  • Family name: Aristolochiaceae
  • Host plant for: Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
  • General description: Erect herbaceous perennial vine with heart-shaped or grass-like leaves and small, pale inconspicuous flowers near the ground; stems with distinct zigzag growth pattern. Under-used and easy-to- culture plant for shade to part-shade. Numerous plants required to support development of single swallowtail caterpillar.
  • Type: Small perennial vine
  • Flower: Small, pale and inconspicuous, often flowers below leaf litter
  • Bloom time: Summer to fall
  • Soil type: Moist to dry, well-drained soils
  • Maximum height: 1 foot
  • Candidate for home gardens: Excellent, can be easily transplanted
  • Availability in nursery: Not commercially available
  • Frenquency in the wild: Common
  • Habitat: sandhills, hardwood forests
  • Range in Florida
Partial sunPartial Sun
Moderate wateringModerate watering

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