How to propagate dutchman’s pipe vine?

Dutchman’s Pipe Info: Learn About Growing And Caring For Pipe Vines

If you are looking for a striking plant, try a Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla). The plant is a woody vine that produces flowers shaped like curved pipes and large heart-shaped leaves. The flowers attract pollinating flies with an odor like rotting meat. Learn how to grow Dutchman’s pipe for a unique plant that will get talked about in your garden.

Dutchman’s Pipe Info

The plant is also called pipe vine and is suitable for gardens in USDA zones 8 to 10. The vine is usually only 10 to 15 feet long but can get as long as 25 feet in perfect growing conditions. Growing a Dutchman’s pipe requires a trellis or vertical structure to support the twining stems and wide foliage.

The large heart-shaped leaves alternate along a woody stem. The flowers appear in late spring and early summer. They are a tinged plum color with speckles.

An interesting bit of Dutchman’s pipe info is its one-time use as an aid to childbirth because of its resemblance to a human fetus. This property leads to another of the vine’s names, birthwort.

Dutchman’s pipe vines are also host plants for swallowtail butterflies and provide habitat for beneficial insects.

How to Grow Dutchman’s Pipe

Dutchman’s pipe prefers sunny to partially sunny locations where soils are moist but well drained. You may want to plant this vine downwind of your doorway. The flowers have a variety of unpleasant scents, mostly mimicking carrion. This foul odor is attractive to flies that pollinate the flowers, but you and your guests may find it offensive.

You can grow a Dutchman’s pipe from 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 60 F. (15 C.).

A more common way of growing a Dutchman’s pipe vine, is from stem cuttings. Take them in spring when terminal growth is new and root in a glass of water. Change the water daily to prevent bacterial build-up and transplant the stem to soil when it has a thick clump of roots.

Dutchman’s pipe care for young plants requires training to a vertical surface. You may try growing a Dutchman’s pipe vine in a pot for a year or two. Choose a large pot and place it in sheltered location.

Caring for Pipe Vines

The biggest need of Dutchman’s pipe vine care is plenty of water. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely when caring for pipe vines in containers. Plants in the ground will also need supplemental watering.

Fertilize annually in spring and prune as needed to keep the plant in control. Pinch back young growth to promote thicker plants. Pruning of Dutchman’s pipe may also be necessary to keep its growth manageable.

The plant is not frost hardy, but will remain an evergreen vine in warmer climates. In most USDA growing zones, the plant may be grown in a greenhouse. If outdoor plants are threatened by a frost, mulch around the base to protect the roots. When spring arrives and temperatures warm up, the plant will leaf out again and produce the fantastic flowers again.

The vine does not have any serious pest or disease problems, but always watch your plants and treat at the first sign of an issue.

Aristolochia californica #2 by J.G. in S.F.

TheGardenLady received this question from Neil.

I have taken a shoot off an old vine where I grew up in CT. I want to plant in Georgia. It sits in a glass of water. Looks healthy. Have you any hints on how to get it to make roots for planting? Suggestions for planting? Incidentally, I nver remember seeing any fancy flowers on that vine, rather just green pipes. Could that nbe a matter of nutrition? Vine has been cut back near the grouns every year.

Perhaps you did not see flowers on your Dutchman’s pipe because some species have the flowers blooming under the leaves. Most find it easiest to propagate this plant by seed.

Though articles say that one should be able to propagate Dutchman’s Pipe -Aristolochia– by putting a shoot in water, many people have not had success doing so.

You should try rooting softwood cuttings of climbing Dutchman’s Pipe Vine in early spring. When rooting these vines, it is best to submerge at least three nodes under water. Plants root better in distilled or rain water.

Professionals use a rooting hormone and do not try to root the plant in water. Because it was one of the older known rooting products, I have kept the rooting hormone Rootone in my gardening supplies to use if I want to root a plant (see here). But there are other brands. (see here)

People make their own rooting hormone by soaking branches of the weeping willow tree in water. (see here) I find that a bottle of rooting hormone goes a long way, so I have never tried to make my own rooting hormone but it seems like a fun thing to try. I hope you have taken enough cuttings of your Dutchman’s Pipe vine to try using a hormone on some shoots and try rooting some in water to see which will give the better results. Let the readers of TheGardenLady.org know which worked best for you.

Aristolochia fimbriata by petrichor

Aristolochia should should grow very well in Georgia. There are about 300 species of this plant, so not knowing which you have, I can not be too specific in giving advice. Some parts of the country are finding some of the aristolochia species invasive.

Outdoors your vine should be planted in fertile, moist but well drained soil in sun or partial shade. It likes fairly neutral pH soil.

The plant likes regular watering during the growth period, once or twice a week. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every third watering throughout the growing season.

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Aristolochia macrophylla

Aristolochia macrophylla Lam.

Synonym(s): Aristolochia durior, Isotrema macrophyllum

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

Pipevine or Dutchman’s pipe is a picturesque, deciduous vine, climbing 20-35 ft. by means of twining stems. Fast-growing, green stems bear large (12 in.), heart-shaped leaves, dark-green above and pale-gray beneath. Flower occur singly or 2-3 per cluster and are pipe-shaped, mottled green and burgundy, with yellow tubes. Cylindrical, cucumber-like capsules, 3-4 in. long, stay green most of the summer eventually ripening to gray or black.

A characteristic plant of the southern Appalachian hardwood forests, Dutchmans Pipe is often cultivated outside its native range. Flowers of this genus were once used as an aid in childbirth, since they were thought to resemble a human fetus. The similar Woolly Dutchmans-Pipe (A. tomentosa) has a bractless flower stalk, a yellowish calyx that is purple around the opening, and downy and whitish leaf undersurfaces.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Reniform
Leaf Venation: Palmate
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Obtuse
Leaf Base: Cordate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: Climber
Leaf: Green above
Autumn Foliage: yes
Flower:
Fruit: Green, Brown 4-10 cm
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun

Distribution

USA: AL , CT , GA , KY , MA , MD , MI , NC , NJ , NY , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Native Distribution: S.w. PA, s. in the uplands to GA & AL; naturalized north and eastward
Native Habitat: Rich woods; stream banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Organic, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: If a screen is desired, plant 1-2 ft. apart and provide support. Pinch growing tips to encourage branching. Prune as needed when dormant. Disease and insect free.

Benefit

Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Pipevine swallowtail.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)
Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Propagation

Description: Increase by layering, division, July cuttings, or by seed sown outdoor in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: If seeds are not sown in fall, they should be stratified for 3 months at 40 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society – Hockessin, DE
Natural Biodiversity – Johnstown, PA
Mt. Cuba Center – Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aristolochia macrophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aristolochia macrophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aristolochia macrophylla

Metadata

Record Modified: 2016-08-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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This fast growing woody vine bears a dense profusion of large heart shaped leaves that can quickly cover a large arbor or porch and provide a cool shaded retreat during the hot summer months. Its name comes from the appearance of its odd flowers, which were thought to resemble a pipe. The flowers are interesting but not readily visible as they tend to be hidden beneath the thick foliage. In the days prior to air conditioning it was popular to plant the large leaf, fast growing Dutchman Pipe Vine (Aristolochia macrophylla/durior) to climb over and shade outdoor porches. People would then sit on their porches in the evening, enjoying the shade and whatever breeze they could find outdoors as relief from the sweltering interior of the house. With the advent and increased popularity of air conditioning these evenings on the shaded front porch diminished and have now all but disappeared, and with them the Aristolochia vines.

The demise of the Dutchman’s Pipe Vine led to another unforeseen disappearance – that of the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.

Many immature butterflies (caterpillars) are very specific in their food requirements, often limiting their diet to a single Genus. This can threaten their numbers when that plant becomes difficult to find. The Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly is an example of this phenomenon. This butterfly relies solely on a single Genus (Aristolochia) as a food source in its larval stage. In this area it is now quite rare to see a Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. We, however, do have them at Monches Farm because we have – tangling around the entire front of the shop – an Aristolochia vine*. The distinctive Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars leave large notches in the foliage and in some cases partially defoliate the plant. There have been times when it has been so heavily populated with larval Swallowtails that we’ve had to post signs explaining to distressed customers that YES, we DO want those ugly caterpillars as they will soon become exquisite butterflies !

* The Aristolochia vine that cloaks the front of our shop is a giant leaf variant of the species with leaves roughly 30% larger than those of the straight species. The plants we have for sale are the standard leaf form, whose mature leaves will be roughly 1/2 to 2/3 the size of our large leaf form.

Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia elegans) is similar to several closely related introduced species that have also become naturalised in Australia, including pelican flower (Aristolochia grandiflora), fragrant Dutchman’s pipe (Arsitolochia odoratissima) and gaping Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia ringens). It is also very similar to the cultivated giant dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia gigantea) which is often confused with pelican flower (Aristolochia grandiflora) in the horticultural industry. These species can be distinguished by the following differences: Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia elegans) has a small ear-like structure (i.e. auriculate pseudo-stipule) at the base of each leaf stalk. Its flowers are relatively large and broad (up to 7.5 cm long and 10 cm wide) and its relatively large fruit (4-6 cm long and about 2.5 cm wide) are oblong in shape with a short projection (about 10 mm long) at the tip.giant dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia gigantea ) does not have a small ear-like structure (i.e. auriculate pseudo-stipule) at the base of each leaf stalk. Its flowers are very large and broad (up to 30 cm long and 20 cm wide) and its relatively large fruit (up to 8 cm long and 3 cm wide) are oblong in shape with a very short projection at the tip.pelican flower (Aristolochia grandiflora) does not have a small ear-like structure (i.e. auriculate pseudo-stipule) at the base of each leaf stalk. Its flowers are very large (up to 25 cm long) with a very elongated projection at the base of the flower (i.e. appendix) 20-50 cm long. Its very large fruit are oblong in shape (about 10 cm long and 4-6 cm wide).fragrant Dutchman’s pipe (Arsitolochia odoratissima) has a small ear-like structure (i.e. auriculate pseudo-stipule) at the base of each leaf stalk. Its flowers are relatively large and broad (6-12 cm wide) and its moderately large fruit (4.5-8 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide) are oblong in shape and slightly curved.gaping Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia ringens) has a small ear-like structure (i.e. auriculate pseudo-stipule) at the base of each leaf stalk. Its flowers are relatively large and narrow (10-25 cm long) and are split into an upper and lower lobe. There are also several silimar native species (i.e. Aristolochia spp. and Pararistolochia spp.) that might be confused with these introduced species, including the Birdwing vine (Pararistolochia praevenosa). These native species generally have less showy flowers, which are sometimes borne in clusters, and smaller fruit. For example, the Birdwing vine (Pararistolochia praevenosa) has relatively small flowers (up to 20 mm long) that are borne in few flowered clusters while its fruit are oblong in shape (3-4 cm long) and do not have a projection.

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A Vine-by-Vine Guide to Pruning

Some vines don’t have to be pruned every year, but all vines need basic care: Remove dead, damaged, and diseased stems; stems that are tangled or head in the wrong direction; stems that are weak or unproductive; unwanted suckers; and spent flowers. Beyond those cuts, the general goal when pruning vines is to keep them healthy, vigorous, and productive, and to help them follow their natural inclinations at the same time they fulfill your needs.

Actinidia species, kiwi, silver vine. Flower on new wood. Do maintenance pruning—to train or control—on silver vine (Actinidia polygama), variegated kiwi vine (A. kolomikta), and other ornamental actinidias after they flower. Save severe or renewal pruning for late winter to early spring when the vine is dormant.

Aristolochia macrophylla, Dutchman’s pipe, pipevine. Dutchman’s pipe flowers on old wood, but it is grown for its foliage and can be pruned anytime to remove tangles and errant shoots. Save renewal pruning for late winter to early spring when the vine is dormant, then cut oldest stems to six inches.

Bignonia capreolata, crossvine, quartervine, trumpet flower. Flowers on new wood. Prune to remove weak, overgrown, or errant shoots in late winter to early spring; head back shoots to encourage new growth. Needs minimal pruning.

Bougainvillea species, bougainvilleas, paper flowers. Most bougainvilleas flower intermittently throughout the year on new growth, with the heaviest bloom cycles (followed by a rest cycle) coming in spring and fall. Prune after flowering ends. Remove dead, tangled, and errant wood and suckers; head back long stems to encourage new flower buds.

Campsis radicans, trumpet creeper, trumpet vine, cow-itch. Flowers on new growth. Head back stems in late winter to early spring to control growth and encourage branching. Remove suckers and root-prune to discourage underground runners. Cut stems to ten inches to renew.

Celastrus scandens, American bittersweet. Blooms on new wood. Prune in late winter to early spring. Remove suckers, tangled and weak stems, and stems that have fruited; head back last year’s growth; pinch shoot tips in summer to encourage branching. Do not confuse this native species with Celastrus orbiculatus, oriental bittersweet, which is invasive.

Clematis, clematis. See “Clematis: The Queen of Vines.”

Cocculus carolinus, Carolina moonseed, coral beads. Flowers on new wood; prune as needed in early spring.

Ficus pumila, creeping fig, climbing fig. Remove older stems in late winter or early spring to promote immature foliage form. Pinch stem ends to promote branching. Needs little pruning.

Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina jessamine, evening trumpet flower. Flowers on old wood. Head back lateral shoots, remove dead stems, and prune to shape after flowering ends.

Humulus lupulus, common hop. Flowers on new growth. Commercial growers cut their hop vines to the ground in late summer to harvest the cones. Hop vines grown for ornament should be cut to the ground in late winter to early spring. Root-prune to control underground runners.

Hydrangea petiolaris, climbing hydrangea. Flowers on new wood. Head back in early spring; remove stems that have pulled away from their support. Prune hard to renew.

Ipomoea species, cypress vine, morning glory. Ipomoea species, including morning glory (I. tricolor) and moonflower (I. alba), the p.m. version of the morning glory, flower on new wood. Cut vines to the ground in late winter to early spring in zones where they are perennial.

Jasminum nudiflorum, winter jasmine. Flowers on old wood; prune immediately after blooms fade. Winter jasmine, primrose jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi), and common, or poet’s, jasmine (J. officinale) need minimal pruning.

Lonicera, honeysuckle. Prune Henry’s honeysuckle (Lonicera henryi), trumpet honeysuckle (L. sempervirens), woodbine (L. periclymenum), and trumpet honeysuckle cultivars (L. x brownii) in late winter to early spring to control growth; remove weak shoots; head back long stems. Renew old vines by cutting a third of oldest stems to the ground. Japanese honeysuckle (L. japonica) and its cultivars are extremely invasive and not recommended.

Mandevilla splendens, mandevilla. Flowers throughout the growing season on old wood; little or no pruning necessary.

Menispermum canadense, Canada moonseed, yellow parilla. Flowers on new wood. Postpone pruning until spring to preserve ornamental fruits. Root-prune to control underground suckers.

Parthenocissus species. Most Parthenocissus species, including Virginia creeper, or woodbine (P. quinquefolia), and Boston ivy (P. tricuspidata), need pruning only to control or direct their growth. Grown for their leaves, they can be shaped throughout the garden season; wait until late winter to early spring to do radical pruning.

Passiflora species, passionflowers. Bloom on new growth; remove tangled and unproductive stems in spring. Need only moderate pruning unless grown for fruit production.

Periploca graeca, silkvine. Flowers on new wood. Little pruning needed; head back in spring to stimulate and direct growth.

Rosa species and cultivars, climbing and rambling roses. See “Roses.”

Schisandra species. Schisandra species, such as Chinese magnolia vine (S. chinensis) and bay star vine (S. coccinea), flower in spring on old wood, but postpone pruning until late winter or early spring to preserve their ornamental beaded fruits.

Schizophragma species, hydrangea vine. Both Japanese hydrangea vine (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) and S. integrifolium flower on new wood. Prune in early spring; little pruning is needed.

Vitis species, grapes. Flower on new growth. Grape species traditionally are pruned in late winter. Ornamental grapes, such as V. vinifera ‘Brandt’, V. vinifera ‘Purpurea’, and V. coignetiae do not require the careful and severe pruning that is needed when growing grapes for their fruits.

Wisteria species, wisteria. Native wisterias, including American wisteria (W. frutescens) and Kentucky wisteria (W. macrostachya), are less vigorous and showy than Asian species, which are invasive. They flower on short, leafy shoots, or pedicels, that arise from buds on the previous year’s wood. To encourage flowering, head back stems after blooms have faded; if necessary, head back a second time in late winter, leaving at least three or four buds. Train shoots to establish a framework or increase vine height; head back once the desired height and width have been achieved. Old plants can be renewed by severe pruning, almost to the ground.

Size and Method of Climbing

Dutchman’s pipe can easily grow 20 to 30 feet in one growing season. It is a twining vine. Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Plant Care

Best grown in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Avoid dry sites.

Disease, pests, and problems

No real pests, but this plant does serve as a larval food for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly’s caterpillar, so some feeding damage can be expected.

Disease, pests and problem resistance

Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to North American, primarily in Appalachia.

Leaf description

The alternate, simple leaves are large (up to 10 or 12 inches long) and heart-shaped. Leaves often orient themselves in the same direction and produce a green screen.
Fall color is a poor yellow-green.

Flower description

Flowers are very unusual in the they are shaped like Dutch smoking pipes, giving this plant its common name. The flowers are S-shaped with a three-lobed flat ‘face’.
They are produced in late spring and early summer. They are very showy close-up , but are often hidden by the dense foliage. Yellow-green to brownish.

Fruit description

The fruit is a 2 to 3 inch long capsule.

Wooly Dutchman’s Pipevine Plants (Aristolochia tomentosa)

Quick Facts about Aristolochia tomentosa (Wooly Dutchman’s Pipevine):

Aristolochia tomentosa Native Plant Range
USDA, NRCS. 2016. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov)

Host plant for the beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Perennial

Woody, twining vine dies back in the winter

Hardy in USDA zones 5-8

Likes full sun to part shade (especially in hotter climates)

Prefers fertile, medium moist, well-drained soil but will do fine in average soil, does not like dry soil

Native to Southeastern and Midwest US, but is often cultivated outside its natural range

Vigorous vine with large heart-shaped leaves. Can reach 20-30 feet

Great on a trellis, arbor, fence, for screening or quick cover or sprawling up trees over shrubs

Propagated from seed

Aristolochia tomentosa Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Wooly Dutchman’s Pipevine plants are very similar to the Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman’s pipevine). They are both large vines, great for creating shade, screen/cover, trellis, fences or arbors and are readily used by the Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies as food for their caterpillars. The difference is that tomentosa has fine hairs on it (thus being known as Wooly Pipevine) while macrophylla is smooth. Although the native ranges overlap some, tomentosa is a midwestern and southern native while macrophylla is more of an east coast native.

Aristolochia tomentosa, Dutchman’s Pipe Vine

Description

Aristolochia tomentosa
Also known as: Wooly Pipe Vine, Dutchman’s Pipe Vine

Dutchman’s pipe vine is a native, woody, deciduous, fast-growing, twining vine that’s typically found growing along moist woodlands and stream. Unusual, curved-trumpet-shaped, yellowish-green flowers resembling Dutch smoking pipes. Flowers are often hidden behind large, densely-overlapping, heart-shaped, green leaves. Flowers give way to a pendant, grayish-brown seed capsules. This vine can quickly cover an arbor, trellis, sun porch, veranda, post or fence. It is a larval host plant for the pipevine swallowtail, polydama swallowtail butterfly and makes an interesting addition to butterfly gardens. Does not have any serious insect or disease problems.

Yearly Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Light: Full Sun to partial shade

Mature Growth: 20-30 feet high – 5-10 feet wide

Soil: Average, humus rich, well drained

Blooms: Summer

Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees

Larval Host Plant for: Pipevine butterfly, Polydama Swallowtail butterfly

Plant Size when available: Starter Liner, 1 Quart, 1 Gallon, 3 Gallon If SOLD OUT, Please NOTE: Our next crop will be available Spring 2020.

Remember that the pipevine is a host plant, the foliage is food for the caterpillars. The goal for successful habitat is to have as much foliage as possible so caterpillars do not go hungry. Growing Tips: Once the pipevine begins on put on foliage start pinching the tips of the new growth. This will encourage and increase more vining so pinch, pinch, pinch off the new growth for a few weeks. Then your pipevine will be load with enough food to feed your caterpillars.

Un-rooted cuttings will be available during late summer, food to feed your pipevine caterpillars if you run out or don’t have enough to feed.

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Pipevine and the Pipe-dream Project

Dutchman’s Pipe in New Jersey

Pipevine had its gardening heyday over 100 years ago when victorian porches and arbors were standard features of the house and garden. At that time pipevine was chosen for the thick canopy of leaves that would be produced in one season. An entire porch could be turned into a private shady retreat, perfect for the pre-airconditioned era.

Although the vine covered homes of Victorian times are no longer de rigueur, there is still a valuable place for pipevine in the garden in general and the butterfly garden in particular. In the garden, pipevine plants provides a lush, tropical, vertical accent that will tolerate shade and requires little maintenance.

In the butterfly garden, pipevine is the sole food for the Pipevine Swallowtail. Although the Pipevine Swallowtail is not listed as a rare butterfly, native stands of pipevine are becoming less and less common. There are many locations where the local pipevine population has dropped so low that the Pipevine Swallowtail is no longer sighted. Increasing plantings of the only food that will support Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars can only help to preserve and perhaps help increase this beautiful butterfly. The goal of the pipe-dream project is to encourage butterfly gardeners to plant pipevine and help the Pipevine Swallowtail preserve and perhaps extend its range.

You may find pipevines for sale that have large, showy flowers and while these can be quite spectacular, they are not the native varieties and they will not be hardy in most climates throughout the United States.

The Pipevine Swallowtail has a range that includes large sections of the United States yet it can be both elusive and common in butterfly gardens, depending on who you talk to. Some gardeners plant the host plant, pipevine, and the Pipevine Swallowtail appears like magic. Other gardeners wait for quite some time before their efforts are rewarded.

While there are no guarantees that planting pipevine will fill your garden with large iridescent black butterflies, patience seems to pay off for most gardeners and your reward might be an established colony of swallowtails that live and reproduce in your garden.

The three articles reproduced below from American Butterflies and Butterfly Gardener provide an introduction to the pipevine plant and Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.

The Pipe-dream Project

(Pipe-dreams are “fanciful or unrealistic hope or plans.” We hope to show that even pipe-dreams can come true!)

By Jeff Glassberg

The following article originally appeared in American Butterflies (Vol 9: No.2, Summer 2001).The names of plant species are even less uniform than are butterfly names. In this article, the author has chosen to call all species in the genus Aristolochia, pipevines. Plant books apply the same name – Dutchman’s pipe – to many species and may use different group names, such as calling A. serpentaria Virginia Snakeroot.

Pipevine Swallowtails, with brilliant blue flashing wings, inhabit much of the United States, although in many areas they are quite scarce… read more

Life Styles of the Scaled and Beautiful: Pipevine Swallowtail

By Jim Brock

The following article originally appeared in American Butterflies (Vol 9: No.1, Spring 2001).

Okay, let’s be honest out there. How many of you occasionally make some neat butterfly discovery while not actually intending to be out butterflying? You know. You’re out shopping, on an errand, or picking up the kids at school and you stumble upon something new, whether it’s butterfly flowers in someone’s yard, a colony of host plants you didn’t know existed or you even run across some rare, stray adult butterfly of some kind or another. I know it happens … read more

Caterpillar Food Plant: Aristolochia

By Lenora Larson

The following article originally appeared in Butterfly Gardener (Vol 11, Issue 4, Winter 2006).

Gardeners are continually beset by difficult choices of the “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” variety. Some of these mutually exclusive choices are fairly benign: “Should I cut that flower for a bouquet, or leave it to glory the garden?” Others are more momentous: “Should I leave that tree, or cut it to create a sunny butterfly garden?” And some are gut-wrenching: Should I leave the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars or rescue the delicate baby vine?”…read more

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  • Dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla), at a garden gate, Germany
  • Pipe vine
  • Flowering Birthwort, also called pipe vine or dutchman’s pipe vine
  • Pipe-shaped flower of Dutchman’s Pipe vine
  • High Angle View Of Pipe By Vine Against White Wall
  • Pipe Vine Swallowtail Butterfly in Flight Among the Honeysuckle Flowers.
  • A tailless swallowtail caterpillar, Battus polydamas, feeding on pipe vine.
  • Caterpillar of a Pipevine Swallowtail on its host plant, Dutchman’s Pipe vine
  • Blue window shutter next to a rusted down pipe entwined with vine stems
  • Water irrigation pipe on drum by rows of grape vines.
  • Red pipe
  • dutchman´s pipe background, bright green leaves of an aristolochia macrophylla
  • Watering pipes and vineyard. Big irrigation systems.
  • Dutchman’s Pipe flower
  • High Angle View Of Vine Creeper
  • Irrigation pipes in a vineyard in Spain.
  • High Angle View Of Creeper Plants Growing Over Pipe On Wall
  • AT SAINT EMILION – ON 08/26/2017 – Small potted vine plants for sell
  • Buster Simpson’s downspout planter system, part of the Growing Vine Street Project in Belltown
  • Dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla), at a garden gate, Germany
  • Pipe vine
  • Vines in California’s Central Valley with irrigation water infrastructure, which is in the grip of a four year long drought. The catastrophic drought means that no crops will grow without increasingly scarce irrigation water. Many areas of farmland have been abandoned due to the drought. $2 billion has been wiped off the agricultural sector annually by the drought.
  • Water tank reservoir with inlet pipe on vineyard in Frascati, Italy
  • Ripe pomegranate hanging from a vine truss growing in a local garden in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • A pipevine or Dutchman’s pipe, Aristolochia, blooms.
  • Old vines at Tahbilk Wines, Nagambie Lakes, Australia
  • A pipevine or Dutchman’s pipe, Aristolochia, blooms.
  • Rustic old wall with Ivy growing on it.
  • Pipes for wine fermentation
  • Metal pipeline over a stream in Auvergne, France
  • non flowering dutchman´s pipe, bright green leaves of an aristolochia macrophylla
  • Water pumps for irrigation of vineyards.
  • An old building cover with ivy plants in Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg , Germany
  • Three pipes for wine fermentation are standing on the background of vineyard,Pipes for wine fermentation
  • Plastic irrigation pipes in a vineyard, tied up at the end of a row with wire tensioners on wire behind
  • A black and white image of a Morning Glory vine(Convolvulaceae), growing up a plastic pipe; with it’s lovely flower aglow – backlit by the sunlight.
  • A vine growing up a wall with a drain pipe
  • Woolly Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia tomentosa
  • Dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla), at a garden gate, Germany, Dresden
  • Pipe vine
  • Dutchman’s pipe, Pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla), flower
  • Vines in California’s Central Valley with irrigation water infrastructure, which is in the grip of a four year long drought. The catastrophic drought means that no crops will grow without increasingly scarce irrigation water. Many areas of farmland have been abandoned due to the drought. $2 billion has been wiped off the agricultural sector annually by the drought.
  • dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla, Aristolochia sipho), cross section of a sprout, x 12
  • A vineyard near Jumilla, Murcia, Spain. Without irrigation water, much crop production would not be possible
  • Close-up of a dutchman’s pipe blossom.
  • Aristolochia gigantea (Brazilian Dutchman’s pipe, giant pelican flower). It is a vigorous evergreen climber (vine) with heart-shaped leaves and specta
  • Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) and Saguaro cactus in spring, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Sonoran desert, Arizona, USA
  • Aristolochia littoralis
  • Planting and watering in a row of Parellada grapevines for wine, Catalonia, Spain.
  • leaves of pipevine background after rain in summer, bright green leaves of an aristolochia macrophylla
  • The old green metal valve
  • An old building cover with ivy plants in Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg , Germany
  • Cosplayer dressed as an undertaker
  • Rain spout in an exterior wall at the Santo Domingo ex-convent, Oaxtepec, Mexico
  • Drip Irrigation Red Wine Grapes. Environmentally friendly, water saving, drip irrigation system being used in a vineyard in the Okanagan Valley, Briti
  • large stainless steel fermentation vessel under cloudy sky
  • Woolly Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia tomentosa
  • Group of young, small caterpillars of Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a vine leaf
  • Pipe vine
  • A drainpipe host damaged by a sturdy vine Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda). Gouttière détruite par une glycine du Japon.
  • Cluster of Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly eggs on a Pipevine stalk
  • dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla, Aristolochia sipho), cross section of a sprout, x 12
  • A vineyard near Jumilla, Murcia, Spain.
  • Andalusian Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia baetica in flower near Ronda, SW Spain
  • The green ivy growing on a rusty pipe
  • windows of old tall house with vine and grape leaves in Tbilisi Georgia
  • Aristolochia littoralis
  • Caterpillar on crossing an old rusty pipe on the ground. Some dry leaves around.
  • birthwort plant in early summer, bright green leaves of an aristolochia macrophylla
  • The old green metal valve
  • green grape leaf lying on a concrete floor near a pipe and wires, autumn sunlight
  • Tomato vine hanging from a water faucet
  • Dutchman’s vine, beautiful decorative garden and home plant, popular tropical plant from America
  • Dutchman’s Pipe: Aristolochia australis
  • Dutchman’s pipe vine seed.
  • Woolly Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia tomentosa
  • Fermentation tanks for wine production
  • Pipe vine
  • Aristolochia triangularis – flowering vine
  • Green glorybind leaf in the shape of a heart. Wet leaf morning glory after rain. Curly plants of Ipomoea on the pipe.
  • dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla, Aristolochia sipho), cross section of a sprout, x 12
  • A vineyard near Jumilla, Murcia, Spain.
  • dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla, Aristolochia sipho), cross section of a sprout, x 8
  • Abandoned machines and storage units in a gas industry at gas works park Seattle showing vine growth. Machineries and storage units in a gas industry
  • dutchman’s pipe, pipe vine (Aristolochia macrophylla, Aristolochia sipho), cross section of a one-year old sprout, x 12
  • Aristolochia littoralis
  • Caterpillar on crossing an old rusty pipe on the ground. Some dry leaves around.
  • different shades of green leaves of pipevine, bright green leaves of an aristolochia macrophylla
  • Glass pipeline for pumping wine at the winery
  • PIPE VINE or DUTCHMAN’S PIPE (Aristolochia sp. medicinal plant used by Indian tribes for treating snake bites. Henri Pittier National Park, Venezuela
  • Ridiculous Dutchman’s Pipe flowers (Aristolochia ridicula)
  • Close-up Of Rusty Metallic Pipe And Vines Against Rock
  • Young Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars grouped on a Dutchman’s Pipe leaf, eating into a skeleton
  • Blossom of Ceropegia ampliata, a species of lantern flowers.
  • Woolly Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia tomentosa
  • Ripe bunches of grapes hanging on a pipe at a street market in southern Ukraine
  • Pipe vine
  • Aristolochia triangularis – flowering vine
  • Dutchman’s Pipe Aristolochia trilobata known locally as ‘Contribo’
  • 03004-007.05 Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) eggs on Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia marophylla) Marion Co. IL

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