The California Pipevine
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By: Susan Lynch
Aristolochia californica I purchased this vine at a local nursery because I wanted a native vine to grow over the fence in my backyard. It is fast growing and is slowly covering up some of the fence. It is deciduous so the leaves fall off in the winter months. It attracts lots of butterflies, but I haven’t yet seen the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.
When I see this caterpillar, I will know I am up to two years away from seeing the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.