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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dutchman's Pipe

This Dutchman's Pipe is growing in the butterfly garden outside of my son's classroom.  I think they are so cool...I must get one for my yard one of these days.  Does anyone out there know if they attract butterflies or hummingbirds? 


SophieMae said...

Hey, cool! If I remember correctly, it's a host plant for pipevine swallowtail cats.

exoticdvm said...

Hey Glades!!!! We bought 2 Dutchman pipe plants this year, and they are super cool! The 1st one we bought had a cluster of hatchling pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on it. The caterpillars grew up into HUGE colorful spiky caterpillars and nearly destroyed the entire plant with how much of it they ate, so I had to buy a 2nd plant to "feed" them and let the 1st plant recover! They all finally grew to full size and pupated. We are anxiously awaiting pipevine swallowtail butterflies! You can purchase some nice plants for $15 at the plant nursery across from Norman's Brothers produce on Galloway (between Sunset and Kendall Dr.). It is a really cool plant!!!!

SwampAngel65 said...

Wow...I have never heard of pipevine swallowtail cats, butterflies or anything else. Very interesting...

Hey Sophie!!! How ya doin'???

Marc, I live literally within walking distance of that nursery. Looks like I'll be stopping in soon to buy a couple of those vines. The only bad thing is, their not native from what I've read. I like staying native, but have been known to venture into the exotics (like my rainbow euc!). If it's cool and different and not so common, I like it!

Thanks for your input, guys!