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PlantFiles: White Veined Dutchman's Pipe
Aristolochia fimbriata

Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Aristolochia (a-ris-toh-LOH-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: fimbriata (fim-bry-AH-tuh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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8 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ezeiza On Aug 14, 2011, Ezeiza from Buenos Aires
Argentina wrote:

This plant is a native to my part of the world so I would like to provide some additional info.

Yes, it is a trailing plant, it will never be found climbing

Yes, it is always found in spots out of direct sunshine. Strong light produces the best silver coloration in the silver splashed form. Strong sunshine washes off the ground color.

The natural ground color is a deep green. This silver marked form is not common in nature but a selection. The amount of silver varies, some forms are mostly silver all over.

It is not a xeriscape plant in the wild, Rather an inhabitant of frost free moist subtropical gllery forests. Like most plants from this part of the world they can be surprisingly hardy.

Yes, it disappears in winter.

The roots are fragile and big and positively dislike transplanting.

Will enjoy extra watering but the foliage gets marked if water stays on it. Therefore, water the base of the plant and not the foliage if possible.

Here we have year round rainfall therefore the seed is better sown in fall and watered from time to time until germination takes place in spring. Better leave the seedlings in pots and plant directly in the garden without breaking the rootball. For this wait until root tips appear through the drainage holes.

Yes, it is a butterfly plant.

Positive ogon On Jun 23, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A beautiful Aristolochia species with green leaves marbled with white veins! A. fimbriata does not grow to be as long as the A. californica I'm used to, but because of this, I've found that it works very well as a groundcover. Also, unlike A. californica, A. fimbriata dies back to the ground each winter, so if it looks like it's gone, just wait! It comes up later in spring than most other plants too, so don't forget where you put it and try to plant something else over the top of it (I may have done this :) ). The tassled flowers are very beautiful and unusual, and it produces an abundance of seed. Some seeds have begun to sprout near the parent plant, but it is by no means invasive.

Positive grapevinegarden On Jun 30, 2010, grapevinegarden from Alvarado, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great plant! Very attractive foliage, although I planted it for the butterfly larva. They ate one year old plants down to the bare stems. No worries! In three weeks, they came back lusher than before in hot and dry Texas weather. I did water twice after the larval decimation. Downloaded pics of the larval 'damage'. Will send pics of the recovery.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Nov 9, 2009, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Aristolochia fimbriata has been very easy to grow in my garden. It survived temperatures in the low 20s F last winter without any special frost/freeze protection other than being beneath the cover of taller plants. It is native to South America (Argentina, Paraguay, southern Brazil).

I've found that it prefers to sprawl across the ground and (unlike other Aristolochia) doesn't vine and seems to resist climbing a trellis. It will do well in fairly deep shade and can survive without irrigation except during drought conditions (no rain for two weeks or more).

It is a host plant for Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, so if you see worms eating the plant, don't be dismayed as you may soon have some beautiful butterflies. The Aristolochia fimbriata will most likely rejuvenate after the caterpillars have ravaged it. I've not yet seen any caterpillars on my plants.


Positive WillowWasp On Oct 6, 2008, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of my favorites in the pipevine family. It has endured a hot summer with some abuse as to missing the sprinkler and didn't seem to mind much. This is the second season for this vine to produce.
I moved it a little closer and was rewarded with tons of blooms and seed barrels.
It was a bit hard to germinate or rather it took a while to sprout so you need to be patient and don't throw out the seed at least within the first 3 to 4 weeks.
Maybe I should have tried a heating tray. Has anyone else had the same experience??

Positive TexasPuddyPrint On Mar 17, 2007, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

I received several in a trade and they are great! The local Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars love it. It has proved a great larval host. Very pretty looking leaves too...if only the caterpillars wouldn't eat them to the stem :o) But that's why I got them...for the caterpillars. Gotta love it!

Positive greenbud On Sep 3, 2005, greenbud from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this plant! I bought mine from the Houston Museum of Natural Science giftshop in June. They have a big atrium called the Cochrell Butterfly Center - awesome! The museum was selling various butterfly host plants, and this one was just so unusual looking - I had to have it! It has flourished in dappled shade, and it has produced many seeds. Strange flowers. Low maintenance.

Positive vossner On Apr 20, 2005, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted this plant last Fall 2004 and growing well. As of April 2005 no flowers. I'm trying to train it as a grown cover of sorts.


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

Waverly, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Lompoc, California
Mission Viejo, California
Paradise, California
San Diego, California
Bradley, Florida
Gibsonton, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
Ringgold, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Opelousas, Louisiana
Prairieville, Louisiana
Roseland, Louisiana
Marietta, Mississippi
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Roswell, New Mexico
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Seabrook, South Carolina
Allen, Texas
Alvarado, Texas
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Edinburg, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Freeport, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas (4 reports)
Los Fresnos, Texas
Plano, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas (2 reports)
Waxahachie, Texas
Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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