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Aristolochia macrophylla

Dutchman's Pipe /

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This deciduous woody vine is an old-fashioned favorite grown for its large, heart-shaped, glossy green leaves (6-12" long) which can quickly cover sun porches, verandas, pillars, posts, trellises, arbors, fences or walls. It is commonly called Dutchman's pipe because the unusual, 2" long flowers look something like Dutch smoking pipes. They are quite interesting so be sure to look behind the dense foliage, which usually hides them. This is the larval host plant for the blue and black pipevine swallowtail butterfly.


  • Quickly provide dense cover for sun porches
  • Unusual yellow flowers bloom in May and June
  • Can be used to quickly screen an area from view
  • Grows well in moist soil
  • Host plant for pipevine swallowtail butterfly

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun or part shade Plant in medium wet, well-drained soil. Prefers rich, moist soil; will not tolerate dry soils. Needs a stout support to climb on. Cut back in late winter to control growth.

15-30 Feet


4-10 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Wooded slopes, ravines and gaps; mostly confined to the Cumberland and Blue Ridge mountains from West Virginia to Kentucky, Tennessee, and northern Georgia (has naturalized elsewhere in the East).

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

During breeding season, male pipevine swallowtails patrol their territory, waiting for females to arrive. After mating, a female lays several rust-colored eggs on the underside of a leaf. They will only lay eggs on plants in the pipevine family because these are the only plants the caterpillars are able to eat.

"We pipevine swallowtails find this plant indispensable. We couldn't live without it!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Vines
  • Filtered Shade
  • Sun
  • Humus-rich
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
Native Habitat
  • Forest
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Green
  • Climbing, trailing
  • Hedge, screen
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia