We will be starting a new crop of Aristolochia serpentaria (Virginia snakeroot) to be ready for sale in 2016. This is a particularly difficult species to propagate and are currently out of stock (the USDA purchased all of our plants for a research program near Fort Dix). Preferred host plant for pipevine swallowtail.
We will be propagating these a little differently this time. We will be growing these in large flats with a bio-engineered soil mix designed to mimic the natural growing conditions of Aristolochia serpentaria, including the micro-organisms.
Once these plants have successfully grown for two years, we’ll transfer into quarts with the propagation media intact so they can be planted directly in the ground and have a decent chance of surviving.
Typically found in dry oak-hickory forests, at least in southeast Pennsylvania, which is where we collect our seeds. Aristolochia serpentaria do not tolerate much competition.
Available in summer 2016.