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ARISTOLOCHIA fimbriata

Image of Aristolochia fimbriata

James Burghardt

Family

Aristolochiaceae

Botanical Name

ARISTOLOCHIA fimbriata

Plant Common Name

Fringed Dutchman's Pipe, Pipevine, White Veined Dutchman's Pipe

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General Description

A small vine that packs a visual punch with small pipe-like flowers and leaves of green with lighter yellow-green veins, the fringed dutchman's pipe is a well-behaved plant. A semi-hardy and semi-deciduous perennial vine from southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina, it is popular as a hanging basket specimen. With age, it forms a caudex, or swollen stem base that looks like a potato.

The leaves are heart-shaped, but the two lobes resemble kidneys. Each blade is medium to dark green and has veins that are a lighter green or silvery-green, adding to its visual appeal. In the summertime or whenever temperatures and soils are warm, small pipe-shaped flowers hang downward below the leaves. Each flower is a crooked tube that is light green with a flared mouth that is deep sienna-brown with fringed edges that are yellow-green. Often the flare is mottled. The fruits are ribbed cylinders that ripen to a sandy brown and split open on their topsides. In areas of frosty but mild winters this vine is deciduous and regrows with spring's return.

Grow fringed dutchman's pipe in warm, fertile, humus-rich soils that are moist but well-drained. Bright diffused light is good, or partial shade with dappled sun through tree branches or direct sun rays only near dawn or dusk. It may be trimmed back in autumn and allowed to rejuvenate in frost-free gardens. Grow it outdoors as a woodland groundcover or perhaps best admired as a specimen in a hanging basket.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    South America, Argentina, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green, Dark Red, Sienna

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Light Green, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes