Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dutchman's Pipe Vine

This vine has always been in my favorites list.  The flower intrigues me with its "veins" of dark maroon across the 6-7 inches of its face.  Dutchman's Pipe makes a great vine to cover fences, arbors, or walls in a partly sunny area, and can reach 20 ft. in one growing season!  The vines will freeze back in the winter time, but will return in the spring from the roots.  The flower tends to blend in with the foliage from a distance in the landscape, but up close the flower is a show stopper!  Dutchman's Pipe is also a host plant to the Pipevine Swallowtail and Black Swallowtail Butterflies. 
This plant made my day! How 'bout yours?

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