Dutchman's pipe

Aristolochia macrophylla | Also known as: Pipevine, Aristolochia durio, Aristolochia sipho | Rating: 6 votes | Print / Pdf

Dutchman's pipe: some say it looks like a pipe, I think it looks like it's come from another planet, either way, it's a real talking point for your garden!

Aristolochia macrophylla is also known as Dutchman's pipe or Pipevine. This interesting plant is a large climbing vine which can be trained to grow up a wall or a trellis or even to disguise an unsightly drainpipe. The flowers are rather odd looking, resembling a Dutch smoking pipe. They're small and either purple or a yellow green, they're not the focal point of this plant. The leaves are large and heart shaped and grow in abundance giving good coverage, ideal if you're wanting to hide an ugly wall! The fruit capsules are quite interesting, they are long pods of a brownish colour that look a little like cucumbers. Pipevine will grow best in a moist alkaline soil with partial shade.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 8 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 6
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-4
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 14 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
Soil type
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • For birds & bees
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Camouflage
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years