Pipevine Aristolochia
Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia Flower
Dutchman's Pipe, or Pipevine, is an attractive, if not so sweet smelling, vine with odd flowers.

From the side some people think they resemble a pipe.

I wasn't terribly concerned about the flowers, or the scent of the vine. I wanted it because it's a host plant for butterflies. These beautiful Polydamas Swallowtail Butterflies lay eggs on Pipevine.

Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia, Large flower and heart shaped leaves
Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia, Pipe shaped flower

If you look closely you might find the round yellow butterfly eggs. I usually know the Polydamas Swallowtail Butterflies have laid them after I notice chewed leaves though; they're easier to spot.

Polydamas Swallowtail Butterfly
Cluster of round yellow Polydamas Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs on Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia
When you flip over that chewed leaf you might find these caterpillars.

Some people call them Pipevine pests, and they will chew up the vine, but I think the butterflies they turn into make them well worth having in my garden.

When the fabulous pipe-like flowers are finished, they make these wild looking seed pods that resemble hanging baskets.

Pipevine, or Dutchman's Pipe, has attractive flowers and heart shaped leaves. It doesn't smell wonderful, at least mine doesn't, but it's a host plant for Polydamas Swallowtail Butterflies so I enjoy having it in my yard.

Close up view of a cluster of round yellow Polydamas Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs on Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia
Caterpillar damage on a heart shaped Pipevine leaf
Caterpillar damage on a heart shaped Pipevine leaf and two tiny brown Polydamas caterpillars with orange spines
Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia
Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia
Pipevine, Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia
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