Plant of the Week: Dutchman’s Pipevine

Dutchman’s pipevine is our Plant of the Week for the second week of September. There are many species of this perennial vine, coming from the United States and other parts of the world.

Dutchman's Pipevine blooms

Here at Grimm’s, we usually carry a couple different species. Some of the tropical species have huge flowers that are very showy and attractive. Woolly Dutchman’s pipevine is what we have most often in stock. It grows in Zones 5-8 and is native to the southeastern U.S.

Woolly pipevine is a quick growing vine, shooting upwards of 8 feet per year if left unchecked. We have 2 planted on a trellis outside of the office and they regularly grow as much.

Blooms are produced in May and you may miss them if you are not looking for them. The flowers are tiny, just 1 1/2 inches long. They look like a miniature pipe on a vine.

I have not watched them closely for pollinators, but this plant is the host for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, which is why people plant it. http://nababutterfly.com/woolly-dutchmans-pipe/

As a vine, I would plant it anywhere that needs some quick screening. The heart-shaped leaves are thick and leathery with a hairy cast.

You can buy Dutchman’s pipevine from us at https://www.grimmsgardens.com/shop/wooly-dutchmans-pipe/. Or come to the garden center at 2991 Goldfinch Road, Hiawatha, KS or in Nebraska City, NE.

Happy Planting!

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