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Aristolochia macrophylla

Dutchman's pipe

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Visions, copyright GAP Photos (61991)

Plant details

An extraordinary climber, related to some tropical lianas. The vigorous twining stems are almost hidden beneath large heart shaped leaves 15-30cm (6-12in) across. These are at their best early in summer when the curious flowers begin to appear. The flowers look most impressive in close-up photos but in real life are easily overlooked. They have a slightly unpleasant scent, and trap pollinating insects - in tropical species (sometimes grown as greenhouse climbers) this effect is far more pronounced.

Family: Aristolochiaceae

Genus: Aristolochia

Species: macrophylla

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 800cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: June to July

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