Aristolochia macrophylla Lam.

Hardy deciduous climber with heart to kidney-shaped leaves, the flowers tubular, yellowish-green outside and purplish-brown at the mouth, in summer.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This tree, being a native of North-America, is perfectly hardy, and will grow to a very great height if properly supported; but, as a climber, is not able to support itself.  The large cordate leaves, which are of a fine dark green, make a very handsome appearance.’  [BM t.534/1801 as A. sipho].  Introduced to Britain in 1763.  [PD].

History at Camden Park

It is recorded in a handwritten note in an 1850 catalogue in the Mitchell Library collection.  [MP A2947A].  It had previously been marked with a ‘c’, denoting grown at Camden, in an 1836 Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue held in the Camden Park archives.  This suggests that it was actually grown in the gardens well before 1850.  [CPA].


Published Feb 03, 2009 - 03:41 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 02:43 PM

The image depicts large, heart-shaped leaves and purple-brown pipe-like flowers.

Aristolochia macrophylla Lam. | BM t.534/1801 | BHL

More details about Aristolochia macrophylla Lam.
Family Aristolochiaceae
Region of origin

North America

  • Aristolochia sipho L’Hér.
  • Aristolochia durior Hill
Common Name

Dutchman?s Pipe

Name in the Camden Park Record

Aristolochia sipho 

Confidence level high