Saturday, January 29, 2011


Common nameDutchman's pipe
Life cyclewoody vine
Flowerscream yellow (spring)
Lightsun-part shade
Cultural notesordinary garden soil

One of the odder plants in our garden. Of course as a Dutchman, I had to grow this (although I haven't managed to grow my breeches yet), even though the "pipes" are mostly hidden behind the big leaves. It's worth a peak every once in a while, though, for the sheer curiousness of flower. For the rest of the year, it's a useful green vine, whose large mid-green leaves have a calming effect on the garden. It's getting too big for the home-made copper trellis we grow it on, and has extended itself into the nearby weeping cherry...

Aristolochia tomentosa

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