Dutchman's Pipe
Aristolochia gigantea 'Brasiliensis'

Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Aristolochia (a-ris-toh-LOH-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: gigantea (jy-GAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brasiliensis
Synonym:Aristolochia brasiliensis

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Los Angeles, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

Santa Ana, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Fruitland Park, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Wauchula, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Baytown, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Apr 6, 2013, TimChapman from Saint Gabriel, LA wrote:

Please note that A brasiliensis as a species name is actually a synonym of A labiata. A gigantea 'brasiliensis' is something totally different. For now both the regular form and 'brasiliensis' forms are the same species , A gigantea. There is some debate that the giant form should be its own species. There are other giant forms out there besides the more commonly grown 'brasiliensis' type.

Positive

On Feb 25, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I often wondered whether Dutchman's Pipe 'gigantea' was a hybrid. This was explained clearly to me with last post that it isn't. Mine did produce seeds, but winter frost blackened the leaves and young growth. I left the large, fibrous vines and hope to see them come back this spring. If they don't; I'll surely treat them as annual vines for these are show stoppers! Very exotic looking flowers. Leave are almost heart shape. Some books stated that it's hardy as far as zone 5. It's more accurate here (at DG's PF classified this under zone 8b+).
Gardener in zone 7b

Positive

On Aug 23, 2005, eengland from San Diego & San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I made this category because I think that there is some confusion between A. gigantea and A. brasiliensis. Sometimes this plant is called A. gigantea "brasiliensis" although it is not a cultivar - it is it's own species and can be grown true from seed.

COMPARISON TO A. GIGANTEA
A. brasiliensis has larger, floppier, definitely lemon-scented flowers that are lighter coloured than A. gigantea. Otherwise, the plants are very similiar to the point of my not being able to identify them if not in flower. The primary visual difference in the plants (other than the inflorescence) allegedly has to do with the amount of pointiness in the leaves according to one nurseryman I spoke with who also grows both species. I am not adept and telling them apart but he was able to do... read more