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ARISTOLOCHIA durior

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Aristolochiaceae

Botanical Name

ARISTOLOCHIA durior

Plant Common Name

Dutchman's Pipe

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General Description

Foremost grown for its lush green, large heart-shaped leaves, Dutchman's pipe also bears small, pipe-like flowers in late spring. A heavy, deciduous vine native to the woodlands of the Appalachians in the eastern United States, the flowers are normally well-hidden by the foliage and do not smell of rotting flesh like other members of Aristolochia. The bright green leaves can become as large as a dinner plate. Heart-shaped, thye can become slightly purpled in late summer; their undersides are a lighter green shade. From late spring to early summer, small light yellow flower buds that have a U-shaped crooked neck open to eventually display a dark red flare. These flowers are musky-scented (not of rotty meat) and become purple seed pods weeks later.

Grow Dutchman's pipe in a moist, fertile soil, usually neutral to slightly alkaline in pH in full sun to partial shade exposures. It is a fast-growing, heavy vine so ensure it has a sturdy railing, wall or tree upon which to climb. It makes an alluring groundcover, too. It grows easily from seed, and is rather short-lived in areas that have warm, mild winters that only causes partial dormancy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-35' / 4.6m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Yellow Green, Dark Red, Brown

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes