Aristolochia serpentaria Virginia Snakeroot is one of several species of vines known as “pipevines.” This species grows up to 18 inches tall and has thin, heart-shaped leaves. The stems of the plant tend to zig-zag.
Aristolochia serpentaria is a host plant to the beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. It has a wide distribution throughout the United States and is a good shade ground cover for native gardens.
Virginia Snakeroot grows in forests and thickets, where it has plenty of shade. This plant is also a perennial, living for many years.
The roots of Virginia Snakeroot are tough and knotty. It also has rhizomes, which are sideways-growing, underground stems that send up new stems and leaves. Virginia snakeroot blooms during the early part of summer, especially in June and July, and bear a small number of faded purple flowers with a brownish shade. The flowers are tubular in appearance and emerge on small scaly stalks rising from the bottom of them stem.
Distribution: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Habitat: Stream banks, Flood plains, bottomland
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
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