Passion vine. Many of Tucsonan gardeners get irritated by a caterpillar that eats the vine. Well it's this butterfly that absolutely loves this plant! In fact, while doing the photography, it was laying eggs all over the leaves:) Why do Tucsonans go stark ravin' mad? Well this vine does very very well here with water. It will take scorching sun and grow. Very few tropical plants can handle our kind of brutal sun here. It also grows very fast and has the most gorgeous purple, white or red flowers. The problem? This butterfly gets busy with the vine before it can take off:) The caterpillar eats the leaf down to a stub and while it doesn't kill the vine, the plant looks pretty shabby:)
greenhouse during the winter months. And it can be uncomfortable:)
Tucson Garden from 2010. It's a perfect example on how you can attract lots and lots of Queens into your area. And when I write "Queens", I mean the butterflies people:) I believe there is video with that post as well(again with only Queen butterflies).
Finally, last year during my Garden Journal series, I had a post that gives you some great plant choices for your desert garden in Tucson. It's quite extensive. Click here. On a side note, I love how everything on this blog is beginning to connect together. The base/beginning work was tedious, but it's all coming together nicely. Hope you've enjoyed this mini series of writes or at least the pics:) More tomorrow...