Florida Gardening forum: Swallowtail Plant (Christia obcordata)

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Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Jun 18, 2015 1:37 PM CST
I just came across a photo of this plant; also here at ATP. Does anyone have cuttings to trade or sell Thank You! ? I was thinking after the summer heat though.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2015 2:56 PM CST
I had this one last year but it didn't survive the winter ... maybe if I'd brought it inside it would have had a better chance. We had a very mild winter, no frosts or freezes but it still didn't survive. Thumbs down
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 30, 2015 8:09 AM CST
I was just given a new plant, Elfie. I'm going to try to root some cuttings and see how it goes. Seems like it should be easy to start from cuttings. Remind me in the fall and I'll send you some.

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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Jun 30, 2015 10:27 PM CST
Thanks Elaine; for selfish reasons I hope you're successful in growing this plant. I've read so many conflicting ideas -- there doesn't seem to be a lot of information "out there". Thank You!
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Jul 10, 2015 5:48 AM CST
Elaine, I would love cuttings, too!!! This plant is very expensive and hard to find. Take a look at my list if you want to trade anything for it! There's also a lot I have that isn't on the list here...just let me know if you're looking for anything.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 10, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Ok, you got it. I have several cuttings that are hopefully rooting (at least they haven't wilted yet in this brutal heat) so it's looking encouraging.
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Aug 28, 2015 3:27 PM CST
A neighbor, who dabbles in gardening (not too much because of health issues, but I managed to get her to join my gardening club}, emailed me two days ago. She had found this plant at our local WalMart ! She said it was the only one there -- she was in there reasonably early in the morning. Unbelievable. I think that the truck just accidentally dropped this plant off and the rest were bound for stores much further south. I double checked with this WalMart and also made a trip today to the one in town. Nope -- the people in their garden dept., had never ever seen it. before and I even showed them a picture.
Ah, well --- (sigh); one of these days.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Aug 28, 2015 6:10 PM CST
I have seen it for sale by at least one of the vendors at the USF Botanical Gardens' plant festivals. I think Colorfield Farms was selling it, but I won't swear to it. But I remember seeing it there. I think they were calling it butterfly plant and that got my attention since I'm a butterfly gardener. Their Fall Plant Festival is in October.
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Aug 28, 2015 8:46 PM CST
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Aug 28, 2015 8:47 PM CST
Oooh -- thank you Elaine. I will remind you about a cutting or two. That's very sweet of you.
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Aug 29, 2015 6:16 AM CST
There's tons of plants at Wal Mart! For $6 !!! Unbelievable. I bought one, and it died in the heat. Sigh....
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Aug 30, 2015 8:56 PM CST
Apologies -- I posted twice. Perhaps I can go in and just edit it out.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 19, 2015 1:22 PM CST
A local nursery I go to a lot just posted a video of this plant on their Facebook page so I'm assuming they have it. They're in Lutz, FL (just north of Tampa) like me!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2015 1:30 PM CST
I rarely see Christia obcordata for sale anywhere and I bet Hollie's Farm & Garden over there by you does have it since they've posted that video on their FB page!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 19, 2015 1:31 PM CST
I swear I've seen vendors at the USF Botanical Garden sales selling it, too. You know anything with the word "Swallowtail" is going to catch my attention!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 19, 2015 2:42 PM CST
I received one as a gift back in the spring, and although it has grown and prospered, and I've even had to prune it, it has not bloomed. I don't think it's exactly a butterfly plant although the leaves do look a lot like green and red Zebra Longwings.

A bit frustrated because I had hoped to root some of the cuttings when I pruned it back, but so far none have worked.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2015 4:32 PM CST
Elaine, that is a beautiful Swallowtail Plant (Christia obcordata) !
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 19, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Thanks Lin, it actually doesn't look that good any more, as that pic was taken the day after it came to me.

It had a bit of a setback whilst adapting to its new home, and now that it is growing again, seems to want to be very sprawling, sort of a lax habit, so I might have to find a better place for it. Maybe a hanging basket? In combination with some Caladiums?

That might be a blinding combination of leaf patterns . . . Blinking
Elaine

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Name: Sue Forster
Lutz, FL (Zone 9b)
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plantnerd
Sep 23, 2015 7:39 AM CST
Hi! I am brand new to this forum-I came across it looking for info on the swallowtail plant. I got mine at Walmart and they had a bunch of them. I also saw it at Hollie's in Lutz. I would like to try and root some- has anyone had success with this? I am going to try rooting in water and in soil to see if I can make it work.
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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Sep 23, 2015 7:58 AM CST
Welcome! Hi plantnerd! Glad to meet someone else who's been to Hollie's. I love that place. They let me take home caterpillars with my plants. I don't know much about Swallowtail Plant, but this is a great site so I'm sure someone out there will have some advice.
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