White Veined Dutchman’s Pipe ( Aristolochia fimbriata )

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
White Veined Dutchman’s Pipe Vine
Caterpillars Dutchman’s Pipe Vine
Flower, White veined Dutchman’s Pipe Vine

Dutchman’s pipe can be grown in a hanging basket, up a trellis, or as a ground cover. Mine grows as a ground cover.

Dutchman’s pipe flowers all summer. It attracts butterflies; in particular swallow tails who use it as a host plant. The flowers on this variation are much smaller than the traditional Dutchman’s pipe flowers growing to only about 1.5″ across. Flowers produce pods when fertilized.

It will die back in winter and re-appear in the spring. It will also get eaten to the ground from newly hatched butterfly caterpillars.

It does much better in sun than shade and doesn’t seem to mind damp areas.

Spreader, like all vines. I find it re-appears in the ground as far as 15′ from the original plant. Slow to spread but spreads in many directions and locations at once.

Dutchman’s pipe is a native of South America.

Pipevines are all toxic. The caterpillars who eat the pipe vines in turn become toxic and less likely to be eaten by birds or larger insects.

Surviving and occasionally blooming during the on going 3 month drought and extreme heat. I love it. I divide it up every spring and it brings a steady supply of butterflies to the garden.

3 thoughts on “White Veined Dutchman’s Pipe ( Aristolochia fimbriata )

  1. hey! i’ve been looking for this plant for ages (a couple of days actually…). Im on a science proyect working with butterflies and i was wondering if u have any idea of which specific butterflies eat this plant’s leaves.
    So if u have any information about it, please contact me (here is my mail circularworld_696@hotmail.com)

    thank u soooooo much!


  2. Pipevine swallow tail butterflies. But you must be careful, they don’t eat all varieties of Dutchman’s pipe vines. I’ll have to ask our butterfly expert and post back which varieties are best for the butterflies.

  3. Sorry i’ve just seen the post.
    I know they don’t eat all varieties, i’ve already found the aristolochia triangularis for the battus polydamas and my aristolochia fimbriata is quite small still, so i guess i’ll have to wait some time until butterflies come to them (spring has just started here, i don’t think i’ll be a problem anyway).
    Thanks for the info, i’ll look the butterfly up. ;)

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