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Aristolochia tomentosa

Aristolochia tomentosa
Dutchman's pipe
Aristolochia tomentosa

Common name Dutchman's pipe
Family aristolochiaceae
Life cycle woody vine
Flowers cream yellow (spring)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

One of the odder plants in our garden. Of course as a Dutchman, I had to grow this (although I haven't managed to grow my breeches yet), even though the "pipes" are mostly hidden behind the big leaves. It's worth a peak every once in a while, though, for the sheer curiousness of flower. For the rest of the year, it's a useful green vine, whose large mid-green leaves have a calming effect on the garden. It's getting too big for the home-made copper trellis we grow it on, and has extended itself into the nearby weeping cherry...

Dutchman's pipe
It's eating our trellis! Still making an impression in the winter garden
Aristolochia tomentosa
An impressive trunk after many years in the garden.
Dutchman's pipe
Shiny top of leaf – the underside is downy

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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