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Re: greenhouse/ butterflies

Hello Noreen,
We get occasional feeding on the Aristolochia durior. It is locate on the garden entrance in a bit of shade and heavy soil, not doing as well as it could with more light and deeper soil. Perhaps that is the reason it is not used as much by the butterflies. However, we have A. clematitis that got loose in the display beds and we leave it there between the other containers ... it gets stripped every late summer. We can not find the cocoons though... one day everyone is fat and happy, next they have disappeared.
We have had the local maypop one year now... it got hit fairly heavy this summer. We only work with what is hardy to this area. Wish we could grow some of the more exotic pipevines.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana

----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
Gene, do you know the botanical of the Pipevine that the butterflies like??
I've had a butterfly garden for years, and belong to the local group of
NABA. From my experiences and others, we've found that the Pipevine Swallowtails
here only seem to like the A. fimbriata and the natives species. No larval
activity on A. gigantea, A. elegans, or A. grande. We've even tried to
relocate caterpillars from the A. fimbriata over to one of these since there was
very little food left......but the caterpillars died after eating the foliage.
(No pesticides, so that wasn't it.) This was my experience as well as

Had the same experiences here with the Frittilary on Passionvines. They
seem to only go to the native species of Passiflora, and only one or so of the
other varieties. I'm curious what species you (Gene and others) have had
success with.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
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