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Dutchman's pipe

Aristolochia macrophylla

Pipevine (Eng.)

A quick growing vine with, aside from its decorative qualities, owing to its large leaves and dense growth, is cultivated in gardens because it is a larval host for the pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor. The flowers have a variety of unpleasant scents, mostly mimicking carrion flower.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Seed pods can be harvested when they are ripe.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take cuttings in spring when terminal growth is new and root in a glass of water. Change the water daily 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 C.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts the pipevine swallowtail butterfly.

Geography

Origin
America, Eastern United States
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Aristolochiaceae
Flower colour
yellowish-green, with brown-purple lobes
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

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