7 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
More images of Dutchman's Pipe
Dutchman's Pipe Overview
Aristolochia chilensis is a quick-growing, evergreen, climbing shrub species from the Aristolochiaceae family. It is a fairly showy plant, producing large, boomerang-shaped leaves heavily marbled with silver colouring. The flowers are attractively coloured a dark purple shade, they are tubular and curving, measuring around 15cm in height and abundantly covered in white hairs. Flowers are unpleasantly scented to attract pollinators, they appear in the summer.
How to harvest Dutchman's Pipe
Seed pods can be harvested when they are ripe.
How to propagate Dutchman's Pipe
Take cuttings in spring when terminal growth is new and root in a glass of water. Change the water regularly to prevent bacterial build-up, transplant the stem to soil when it has a thick clump of roots.
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 15 degrees Celsius.