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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Dutchman's Pipe

Hi Everyone!
I 've been outside cleaning the garden when I spotted My Dutchman's Pipevine blooming. I went directly for the camera. This a fascinating plant.  Enjoy!!!!
Dutchman's Pipevine
Native Pipe Vine
Botanical Name: Aristolochia fimbriata


...for hosting iridescent blue and black pipevine swallowtail butterflies.


Flowers: One-inch exotic blooms of yellow and maroon resemble a trumpet shaped clay pipe; hence the common name. Blooms appear on new growths throughout the summer.


Foliage: The three-inch heart shaped green leaves are widely spaced along wiry stems and are marked with silver veins.


Snippets: This is the only plant where the pipe vine swallowtail butterfly will lay its eggs.


Flower display before leaves, late January to April.








If a healthy crop of caterpillars devour the entire above-ground growth, more will return from the tuberous roots to host the next batch of eggs.


I have a wooden screen for the pipe vine to grow on.  It is beautiful in the summer with the beautiful heart-shaped leaves and the little pipes peeking out of the greenery.


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Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner

xo
Betty

8 comments:

  1. Good Evening Betty Sweetie...
    Oh my gosh I have never seen anything quite like this. I love this Dutchman's Pipe Vine. I would certainly love to have some seeds to give it a try here in Phoenix. It might be to hot, but I love this beautiful bloom. It is gorgeous.

    I thank you for sharing. I am so tickled and happy that you shared such a beautiful treasure with me this evening.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  2. I have heard of them, but never seen one in real life. Very pretty!

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  3. I don't believe I have seen the Dutchman's Pipe Vine either. Live, Learn, Love.
    Joyce M

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  4. Wow...I have never seen anything like that before...very interesting. Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. I have never seen that plant before and find it fascinating. Pamela

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  6. That was really an unusual vine. Very cool.

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  7. That is the prettiest vine and flower! I am antsy for spring planting and flowers.

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Thanks for your comments as I enjoy reading them.
Betty

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