Zanthoxylum clava herculis (Toothache Tree)25 ft; host plant for the Giant Swallowtail butterfly; paralyzing effect produced by chewing bark which eases aching teeth. (Zone 7-9)
Arrived in great shape I am so excited to have gotten them I wanted them for years...I got them planted and they have already started growing...and I within the first day Giant Swallowtail eggs...I could not be happier...They are the pride of my garden...Over the moon with them
My Hercules club did not come back to life last spring, so I've been wanting more. I ordered two and immediately got eggs from the giant swallowtail. This may sound strange, but we seem to have a lot of parasites this spring because of our warm winter, so I'm a little more protective of my caterpillars. Since the Hercules clubs are small enough to move around I actually brought them and their eggs inside a screened enclosure to try to keep them safe. Of course, that meant I needed to order more since the butterflies seem to prefer these over the citrus trees I have. It's sort of endless, but I do enjoy them so it's worth it. These trees arrived in great condition and extremely healthy. The butterflies must have noticed that, too.