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Dutchman's Pipe Aristolochia tomentosa

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Description

A large vine that does not tolerant dry soil.

 

Pruning: To cut the vine back, wait to cut until winter.

Similar plants: You can tell the difference between the very similar Aristolochia macrophylla and this plant because one is mostly hairy (Aristolochia tomentosa) and one is mostly smooth (Aristolochia macrophylla ). Tomentosa actually means hairy which helps remember that this is the plant with hairs.

Where is it seen : This plant can be grown in vertical shapes to creat a screen (such as screen porches, trellises, posts, fences, arbors, walls, pillars, verandas, and more). However, this plant can also be seen in woods on trees or other plants (as ivy is seen growing on trees) or beside streams.

Reason behind the name: The flowers are in the form of a trumpet which is why this plant is commonly called a Dutchman's pipe. Aristolochia means best childbirth/ best delivery in Greek. Tomentosa actually means hairy which helps remember that this is the plant with hairs.

Insect, Disease, and other Plant Problems: No serious disease/ insect problems.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#sun#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#summer#spring#green flowers#yellow flowers#low maintenance#swallowtail butterflies#arbor#patio#disease resistant#grows fast#insect pest tolerant#fences#trellises#vines#dense#streams#walls#screens#woodland
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#sun#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#summer#spring#green flowers#yellow flowers#low maintenance#swallowtail butterflies#arbor#patio#disease resistant#grows fast#insect pest tolerant#fences#trellises#vines#dense#streams#walls#screens#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aristolochia
    Species:
    tomentosa
    Family:
    Aristolochiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    US (southeastern and south-central)
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pipevine swallowtail butterfly.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    No serious insect or diseases problems.
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    After the flowers blooms, tube-shaped capsules with seeds appear. When the capsules are mature in the fall (around September), they are in brown/ gray and about 3 inches.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Insignificant
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    This 2 inch long, hairy, green/yellow flower blooms in late spring to early summer (from May to June). The resemble a trumpet shape. This flower has a calyx and three lobes: the lobes are purple/ brown. The flowers are showy when you find them, but they are actually hard to see because of the dense leaves. Therefore, they are showy but also inconspicuous. The flower can have a center that is yellow with five white petals.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has dark green leaves that are 4-8inches long, in the shape of a heart, and overlap each other (giving the whole a plant a dense screening appearance). The bottom side of the leaf is lighter.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    When the stems are young, they have hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Vertical Spaces
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Design Feature:
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests