Item #: 5847
Zones: 5a to 8b
Height: 10" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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Aristolochia serpentaria is a delightful little native perennial (Iowa southeast to Florida) that's sadly not grown ornamentally as much as it should be. Medicinally, however, it's harvested in large quantities for use as a stimulating tonic to promote appetite, although too much will start you on a marathon run from both ends. Aristolochia serpentaria makes a small rock garden-sized specimen to 10" tall x 15" wide, clothed in light green, hastate-shaped leaves. In late spring, look carefully at the base and you'll catch the small Dutchman's pipe flowers and, in mid-summer, you'll notice that the larvae of the brown and orange pipevine swallowtail have stopped by for a snack. Soon after, you'll enjoy a garden full of these beautiful butterflies. Our offering was grown from seed from a population we visited in Eagle Rock, Virginia.