Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dutchman's Pipe

This vine, Aristolochia durior (syn. A. macrophylla) is well known for its large heart shaped leaves and its vigorous growth. However, its common name, Dutchman's pipe, reflects its very unusual flower, which I had never seen until now!? It honestly took my breath, by its sheer uniqueness, but also by the complete surprise of finding it!

The vine is rather attractive too, holding its leaves well into late fall and winter.

1 comment:

  1. Helen...I'm intrigued...how long would it take to cover an old tennis court fence?