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Aristolochia fimbriata

Aristolochia fimbriata
Common name white-veined pipevine
Family aristolochiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-9)
Flowers cream/brown
Size vine to 2', 6" tall
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed self-seeds occasionally in our garden

More of a rambling groundcover than a vine, but still a useful food source for pipevine swallowtail butterflies. Inch-long intricately shaped flowers are held among the heart-shaped silver-veined leaves. I didn't notice those in the first few years this has lived in our garden, but I knew they must have appeared because I'd spotted several seedlings volunteering in the general vicinity of the original plant. Finally, after four years, I spotted one of those alien-themed flowers and snapped the photo shown above. Native to South America.

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Original plant, just purchased
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Volunteer in April
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Success! A pipevine swallowtail caterpillar in late September
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And the following May, a mama butterfly depositing eggs
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Not much of a climber, but here seen rambling up into neighboring plants
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Flower in an earlier stage of development
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I like the variation in variegation
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Seed pods in early May

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: waterfall pondside, rock garden zone, right-fence nursery area

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