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A picture of a Dutchman's Pipe

Dutchman's Pipe

Aristolochia chilensis

Also known as

Pipevine, Pipe Vine

Aristolochia chilensis (8640786996) by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Dutchman's Pipe

A clsoe up of some green leaves and purple flowers of a Aristolochia chilensis plant

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.

Special features of Dutchman's Pipe

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers


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