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Dutchman's Pipe

Aristolochia macrophylla

Also known as


Podlaskie - Suprasl - Kopna Gora - Arboretum - Aristolochia macrophylla by Athantor (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Dutchman's Pipe Overview

Aristolochia macrophylla is a quick growing vine species from the Aristolochiaceae family. Aside from its decorative qualities, owing to its large leaves and dense growth, it is cultivated in gardens because it is a larval host for the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly, Battus philenor. The flowers have a variety of unpleasant scents, mostly mimicking carrion flower.

Common problems with Dutchman's Pipe

Generally problem free

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

Attractive flowers

Flowers are yellowish-green, with brown-purple lobes.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.

Other uses of Dutchman's Pipe

Grown for their foliage and flowers.