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Aristolochia macrophylla Lam.
Synonyms: Aristolochia durior
USDA Symbol: ARMA7
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Pipevine or dutchmans-pipe is a picturesque, deciduous vine, climbing 20-35 ft. by means of twining stems. Fast-growing, green stems bear large (12 in.), heart-shaped leaves, dark-green above and pale-gray beneath. Flower occur singly or 2-3 per cluster and are pipe-shaped, mottled green and burgundy, with yellow tubes. Cylindrical, cucumber-like capsules, 3-4 in. long, stay green most of the summer eventually ripening to gray or black.
A characteristic plant of the southern Appalachian hardwood forests, Dutchmans Pipe is often cultivated outside its native range. Flowers of this genus were once used as an aid in childbirth, since they were thought to resemble a human fetus. The similar Woolly Dutchmans-Pipe (A. tomentosa) has a bractless flower stalk, a yellowish calyx that is purple around the opening, and downy and whitish leaf undersurfaces.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Root Type: Tap Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Reniform Leaf Venation: Palmate Leaf Pubescence:
Puberulent Leaf Margin: Entire Leaf Apex: Obtuse Leaf Base: Cordate Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Size Notes:
Green above Autumn Foliage:
Green, Brown 4-10 cm Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , CT , GA , KY , MA , MD , MI , NC , NJ , NY , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV Native Distribution:
S.w. PA, s. in the uplands to GA & AL; naturalized north and eastward Native Habitat:
Rich woods; stream banks USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Organic, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: If a screen is desired, plant 1-2 ft. apart and provide support. Pinch growing tips to encourage branching. Prune as needed when dormant. Disease and insect free.
Larval Host: Pipevine swallowtail.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Increase by layering, division, July cuttings, or by seed sown outdoor in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: If seeds are not sown in fall, they should be stratified for 3 months at 40 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DENatural Biodiversity
- Johnstown, PA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff