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ButterSugarFlour
Apr 12, 2017 1:48 PM CST
In desperately trying to find the hardy white veined pipevine, or Aristolochia fimbriata. Nobody in Austin seems to have it...the seeds I ordered take months to germinate. Sad Can anyone point me towards where to find it? My neighbors gave me some volunteers but it's not enough to sustain the pipevine swallowtail eggs that were laid on it. I'm just north of Austin in the brushy creek area.
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DaisyI
Apr 12, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Welcome!

Ok, take a deep breath (in...out...).

I am a little confused. Aristolochia fimbriata is not native - its a South American transplant. Aristolochia tomentosa is a better choice and is native to your area of the US.
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ButterSugarFlour
Apr 13, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Well, I guess what I'm getting at is I can't find ANY pipevine native or otherwise that isn't the giant one. I'm not feeling choosy.
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plantmanager
Apr 13, 2017 10:36 PM CST
Welcome! I can't help you, but maybe @mellielong will have some ideas. She's one of our butterfly gardening experts.
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mellielong
Apr 14, 2017 11:13 PM CST
I order my A. tomentosa from Mail Order Natives. mailordernatives.com

Like most vines, it does take a couple of years to really put out a lot of growth, but it's worth it.
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beckygardener
Apr 14, 2017 11:42 PM CST
ButterSugarFlour - Welcome to NGA! Welcome!

I am assuming that you have caterpillars that you are trying to feed right now and are running out of leaves for them? The caterpillars will eat Aristolochia tomentosa as well as Aristolochia fimbriata.

Check out this Austin, Texas website:
http://www.wildflower.org/plan...
Scroll down to near the bottom of the page and it lists several places that have Aristolochia tomentosa on display. They may possibly sell you a plant or can help you find a local nursery that does have it for sale.

This link might be your best bet:
http://www.wildflower.org/orga...

Good luck! Let us know if you are able to find a plant.
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 14, 2017 11:58 PM CST
They also eat:
Aristolochia macrophylla – Dutchman’s Pipe
http://www.monchesfarm.com/fea...
and
Aristolochia serpentaria – Virginia Snakeroot
http://www.illinoiswildflowers...
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