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Aristolochia californica | Pacific Nurseries

Aristolochia californica

Common Name | California Dutchman’s Pipe
Popular Plant CA Native | Pacific Nurseries
CA Native
Vine
Aristolochia californica is a native to Northern California and our Bay Area region. As a deciduous vine that grows from rhizomes to a length that can reach over 20′, it provides a number of important benefits to our Bay Area ecosystem. For example, red-spotted caterpillars eat the vine’s leaves and also inhabit the flowers as they undergo metamorphosis. This plant also produces a toxin that when eaten, prevents caterpillars from being eaten by other predators. What’s more, the larvae of the Northern California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly | Battus philenor hirsuta rely on this local plant as their only food source. This handsome native vine features large, green to pale brown curving pipe-shaped flowers, with purple veins and a yellow to red lining. New green heart-shaped leaves appear after it blooms January through April. As the vine matures, the twining trunk can become quite thick and gnarly. It does best in moderately fertile, well-drained soils and prefers full sun to part shade conditions. With regular water and pruning, this vine can be a dramatic addition to a Bay Area landscape.

Aristolochia californica

Attributes + Requirements

Deciduous
Popular Plant Pollinator Attraction | Pacific Nurseries
High Pollinator Attraction
Growth | 15-20′ High
Growth | 15-20′ Wide
Popular Plant Flower Color | Pacific Nurseries
Flower Color | Cream/Purple
Moderate Water
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Popular Plant Soil Requirements | Pacific Nurseries
Soil | Sandy, Rocky, Clay, Well-Drained
Special Features = Showy | Low Maintenance | Unpleasant Fragrance
Popular Plant Sizes Grown | Pacific Nurseries
Aristolochia californica
Sizes Grown | 5 gal

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