7 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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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
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.
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
Flowers are yellowish-green, with brown-purple lobes.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.