Aristolochia californica

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Botanical Name: Aristolochia californica
Common Name: Dutchman's Pipe

Unusual pipe-shaped flowers. Grows up into shrubs along streambanks throughout California. Recommended for fence, arbor, or lattice. The only forage source for the Pipevine Swallowtail.

Plant Family: Aristolochiaceae
Plant Type: Vine
Height by Width: 10-15' long
Growth Habit: Climbing, twining
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter-deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Cream with purple veins
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Cascade Range Foothills, North +Central Sierra Nevada Foothills, Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay, North Outer South Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Streamsides, forest, chaparral below 2300'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Deciduous woody climber, 6 to 12 feet. Leaves ovate-cordate 2 to 3 inches long or more, light green, somewhat downy on both sides. Curious looking pipe-shaped, pendulous flowers, greenish purple about one inch long. Usually found climbing over shrubs. Gallon cans, 75c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.