Aristolochia fimbriata (White-Veined Dutchman’s Pipe) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for experienced seed-sowers, because they might require a good bit of patience (or they might not). Sow them about 1/8″ deep, indoors from fall through spring or outdoors from mid spring to midsummer. Some sources suggest that giving a chilling period may help, so another option is to sow in a pot in fall to midwinter and set it outside to germinate when conditions are right. If you sow after February and want to provide an artificial chilling period, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about two months before moving it to a cool, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

All that being said, I’ve been having fine results by sowing indoors in early to mid spring, under lights on a heat mat. The last time I started them, I sowed the seeds on March 20, and the first seedlings began emerging on April 2.

With any method, germination can be slow and irregular: it may take several weeks for the first seedling to appear, with others popping up at irregular intervals over a period of several months.

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The slender, trailing stems of white-veined Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia fimbriata) reach about 2 feet long, with kidney-shaped, green leaves that are heavily veined with silver-white. Small, fringed, yellow flowers with dark interior markings appear through the summer. Where it is hardy, this cool plant makes an interesting an unusual groundcover; in any climate, it looks terrific cascading out of a hanging basket or over the edge of a pot, planter, or windowbox. It is also a host plant for the larvae (caterpillars) of pipevine swallowtail butterflies. Give white-veined Dutchman’s pipe a site in partial shade. It will flower the first year from seed, so you can grow it as an annual anywhere, or bring it indoors for the winter in cold-winter areas. It is reported to be a hardy perennial in Zones 7 or 8 to 10.

Harvested in August and September 2020. At least 10 seeds.


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