Common Pawpaw, Custard Apple, and Wild Banana
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), a member of the Annonaceae (Custard Apple Family), is a small understory deciduous tree that can form clones or patches. The fruits of this plant are edible and can be eaten raw or in ice cream and baked desserts. Many varieties of this plant are present in the horticultural trade.
Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Protographium marcellus)
It is a nectar plant for a lot of other insects and also is important for small mammals and birds.
Pawpaw grows best in places that have well-drained acidic soil with partial shade. It ranges from the midwest to eastern North America.
The Annonaceae is a tropical family of plants and the pawpaw is the northernmost growing representative of it. The name comes from the Arawaken name for Papaya, a tropical fruit (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center). The genus name is a Latinized version of the French name of the Indian name (MO Botanical Garden).