Aristolochia Species, White Veined Hardy Dutchman's Pipe

Aristolochia fimbriata

Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Aristolochia (a-ris-toh-LOH-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: fimbriata (fim-bry-AH-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Aristolochia bonplandii
Synonym:Aristolochia ciliata
Synonym:Aristolochia ciliosa
Synonym:Howardia fimbriata
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:



6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Pale Green


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Waverly, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Lompoc, California

Long Beach, 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

Dripping Springs, Texas

Edinburg, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Freeport, Texas(2 reports)

Garland, Texas

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2016, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I have used it as a low ground cover for edging on a pathway and it has been right where I planted it for 15 years. It gets eaten by alien cats a couple of times but comes right back. I do not irrigate and it does fine. On some of our VERY dry years it has a hard time but so does everything.. Like I said, I do not irrigate and my land is onto of a pile of limestone in Central Texas. It is a porous soil. It has survived through 11" annual rain. It grows under live oaks on Bracket soils and leaf litter amended with some compost and Decomposed granite.


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 wint... read more


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.


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.


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... read more


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??


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!


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.


On Apr 20, 2005, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) 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.