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Giant Dutchman's Pipe

Aristolochia gigantea

Also known as

Giant Pelican Flower, Pipevine, Pipe Vine, Snakeroot

Aristolochia gigantea III by Dianakc (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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 Giant Dutchman's Pipe

A close up of some red flower hanging from a Aristolochia gigantea plant with green leaves
A close up of a red Aristolochia gigantea flower on a plant in a botanic garden
A close up of some patterned Aristolochia gigantea flowers
A close up of a Aristolochia gigantea plant in flower with green foliage
A photo of Giant Dutchman's Pipe

Giant Dutchman's Pipe Overview

Aristolochia gigantea is a quick-growing, evergreen vine species from the Aristolochiaceae family. Commonly known by the names Giant Dutchman's Pipe or Brazilian Dutchman's Pipe, after the large size and origin. Aside from its decorative qualities, owing to its large, heart-shaped leaves and dense growth, leaves grow to between 5-10cm in length. The interesting flowers are unpleasantly scented and large, reaching around 30cm. They are coloured deep red-purple, with attractive cream patterning. This plant is easily confused for some of the other species in this genus by the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly, Battus philenor. This insect may try to lay its eggs on this plant, thinking it is one of its host plants, however the foliage is toxic to their larvae and they will not survive. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Giant Dutchman's Pipe

Generally problem free

How to harvest Giant Dutchman's Pipe

Seed pods can be harvested when they are ripe.

How to propagate Giant Dutchman's Pipe


Take softwood cuttings in spring, root in water. Change the water regulalry 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 Giant Dutchman's Pipe

Attracts useful insects

Attracts the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.

Attractive flowers

Flowers are yellowish-green, with patterned, red to brown-purple lobes.

Other uses of Giant Dutchman's Pipe

Grown for their foliage and flowers.


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