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White-Veined Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia fimbriata)
Although it is a native of South America, this plant's handsome cascade of rounded white-veined leaves makes it a hanging basket natural. Dutchman's Pipe will also attract a host of admirers when they spot the exotic pipe-shaped blooms.The curving flowers show off a fringed face of rich purple-brown with striking yellow banding.This definitely is an intriguing example of nature's varied means of attracting insect suitors. After pollination, a row of ridged 1-1/2" seed pods form and hang like small lanterns along the stems.
The plant is a warm weather native so it does require freeze protection in Winter. Each Spring, it resprout from the starchy brown tubers that continue to increase in size over the years.
This uncommon vine is valuable as a favorite food source of pipevine swallowtail butterfly larvae.