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  • Aristolochia durior syn. A. macrophylla, A sipho Dutchman’s pipe, Birthwort Z 4-8

    Yellow, mottled brown flowers like Meerschaum pipes in May – June, mostly grown for heart-shaped leaves on this vigorous climber (climbs by twining). Perfect for creating a screen on pergolas, arbors and fences.

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    Aristolochia durior syn. A. macrophylla, A sipho   Dutchman’s pipe, Birthwort Z 4-8
    Yellow, mottled brown flowers like Meerschaum pipes in May – June, mostly grown for heart-shaped leaves on this vigorous climber (climbs by twining). Perfect for creating a screen on pergolas, arbors and fences.

    Size: 20-30’ x 2’ at ground, 20’ on top.
    Care: sun to shade (one of few vines for shade) in moist well-drained to moist soil. Prune to encourage branching.
    Native: Maine to Georgia, west to KS.
    Wildlife Value: host Pipevine swallowtail butterfly

    Aristolochia is Greek for easing childbirth. Cherokee applied decoction of root for swollen legs & feet. Collected by Colonial nurseryman John Bartram and sent to England in 1763. Sold in America’s 1st plant catalog, Bartram’s Broadside, 1783. In Colonial and Victorian gardens, popular vine to create privacy and shade

  • Campsis radicans Trumpet vine Z 5-9

    Huge, gorgeous orange trumpets on vigorous vine

    $14.95/bareroot

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    Campsis radicans      Trumpet vine    Z 5-9
    Mid summer into autumn  – huge, gorgeous orange trumpets on vigorous vine

    Size: 30’ x 3’ at base
    Care: sun moist well-drained soil
    Native: PA to IL & south as far as Florida
    Wildlife Value: Hummingbird magnet.

    In garden cultivation in America since 1600’s.  Collected in 1640’s by English gardener Tradescant the Younger. John Bartram grew it in his Philadelphia nursery nearly 300 years ago.  Campsis is derived from the Greek word kampsis referring to the flower’s curved stamens.  Radicans from radicant meaning “having rooted stems.” The bloom is “a most splendid sight,” according to Breck in 1851.  Per Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1912: “The native trumpet creeper is very common in the southern woodlands and fields (with) a great variety in brilliancy of the blossoms.  This is an excellent plant for covering the bare trunks of palmettos.”  Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Celastrus scandens Bittersweet, Staff vine VINE Z 4-8

    Conspicuous orange fruit in autumn, persisting into winter

    $16.95/bareroot

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    Celastrus scandens   Bittersweet vine  Vine Z 4-8
    Conspicuous orange fruit in autumn, persisting into winter on the females of this native vine.

    Size: 20-30' x 6'
    Care: sun to part shade in any soil except wet
    Native: Eastern half of US west to South Dakota & south to NM

    Ointment made from bark simmered with a pound of lard remedied “swelling breasts, discuss or drive away tumors, swellings and piles.”  Cherokee drank a tea for stomach ailments.  HoChunk included root in a compound to cure colds.  Collected by Rev. John Banister in 1670’s.

  • Clematis integrifolia

    Summer, real true blue and sometimes white, pendant flowers measuring 2" across

    $12.95/bareroot

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    Clematis integrifolia    Z 3-7
    Summer into fall, real true blue and sometimes white,  pendant flowers measuring 2″ across.

    Size: 24" x 24"
    Care: Sun to part shade well-drained soil. Prune to near ground in early spring.
    Native: Central Europe

    The genus Clematis was named by Dioscordes, physician in Nero’s army, from “klema” meaning climbing plant.  It’s not really a vine, it only gets 2′ tall, maybe 3′ and it doesn’t climb, but you can prop it up with a trellis or let it trail for a groundcover.  But it’s a Clematis and one of the best – blue most of the summer into fall & you can’t beat that. This species collected in Hungary by 1573.  English herbalist Gerard grew this plant by the late 1590’s.