Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia tomentosa)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 5 to 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Pipevine Swallowtail Host Plant
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Flies

Leafing out quickly in the spring.

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Dec 7, 2013 7:23 PM

I had the strange experience this year of having Long-Tailed Skippers lay eggs on this plant. It is NOT a host plant for them, but apparently it must seem similar enough to fool them. If you're growing for butterflies, be aware this can happen. If you don't want the Long-Tailed Skippers to die, you might consider planting one of their real host plants nearby, such as butterfly pea.

That being said, I'm growing this plant in raised beds in a shady side of the yard. I have two and both were easy to establish even in the Florida summer and they have taken to growing up the trellis with ease. I have hosted Polydamas Swallowtail caterpillars on the plant; they can eat it a lot faster than it grows, so be careful! Both got pretty chewed up but rebounded quickly once the caterpillars were gone. I think this is a very worthwhile addition to any butterfly garden, particularly since it can host both the Pipevine and Polydamas Swallowtails.

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 18, 2012 9:35 AM

Woodland vine. Pipevine Swallowtail females lay their eggs on new growth.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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2019 Butterflies, moths and larva by ceci Jan 7, 2020 11:03 PM 1,324
What have you planted that you regretted ? by ge1836 Aug 25, 2019 10:58 AM 204
June 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by wildflowers Jul 1, 2017 11:59 PM 198
I do believe that I finally have some Pipevine flowers and caterpillars! by TennesseeDave Jul 27, 2017 1:40 PM 11
Aristolochia fimbriata? Help! by ButterSugarFlour Apr 14, 2017 11:58 PM 6
March 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Apr 1, 2017 1:48 PM 130
February 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Mar 1, 2017 7:13 AM 68
October 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Nov 6, 2016 3:43 AM 278
August 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Sep 1, 2016 7:15 AM 646
April 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by mellielong Apr 30, 2015 4:41 PM 172

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