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Dutchman's Pipe

Aristolochia macrophylla

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Also known as

Pipevine, Big Sarsaparilla, Broad-Leaved Birthwort, Pipe Vine, Wild Ginger, Birthwort

Aristolochia californica flower 2004-02-23 by Curtis Clark (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

9m

Max

2m

2m

Min

30cm

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A Aristolochia macrophylla climbing plant grown up a brown fence
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Dutchman's Pipe Overview

Aristolochia macrophylla is a quick growing vine species from the Aristolochiaceae family. Aside from its decorative qualities, owing to its large leaves and dense growth, it is cultivated in gardens because it is a larval host for the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly, Battus philenor. The flowers have a variety of unpleasant scents, mostly mimicking carrion flower.

Common problems with Dutchman's Pipe

Generally problem free

How to harvest Dutchman's Pipe

Seed pods can be harvested when they are ripe.

How to propagate Dutchman's Pipe

Cuttings

Take cuttings in spring when terminal growth is new and root in a glass of water. Change the water regularly to prevent bacterial build-up, transplant the stem to soil when it has a thick clump of roots.

Seed

Harvest the seedpods after they have dried on the vine. Sow them indoors in seed flats and transplant outdoors after the soil has warmed to at least 15 degrees Celsius.

Special features of Dutchman's Pipe

Attractive flowers

Flowers are yellowish-green, with brown-purple lobes.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.

Other uses of Dutchman's Pipe

Grown for their foliage and flowers.