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A picture of a Dutchman's Pipes

Dutchman's Pipes

Aristolochia spp.

Also known as


Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia littoralis by Hectonichus (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Dutchman's Pipes Overview

Aristolochia is a large genus of woody, deciduous climbing vines and herbaceous perennials has over 500 species. Some species are colloquially referred to as Dutchman’s Pipe and this genus also contains threatened species at risk of extinction. Flowers are strongly scented and usually purple and white in colour. They are enlarged and circular at the base, extending into thin, soft, papery structures that do not resemble traditional flower shapes. This is due to their unique strategy for pollination, which involves attracting and trapping flies for short periods of time.

Common problems with Dutchman's Pipes

How to propagate Dutchman's Pipes


Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Other uses of Dutchman's Pipes

Grown for their foliage and flowers.


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